Date: 26th June 2011 at 8:37am
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Jason Roberts has thrown his weight fully behind a Chris Samba stay despite admitting he can see the lure of Champions League football with the Gunners.

Arsenal have long been linked with a move for a hulking, massive centre half and the Rovers captain fits the bill.

But despite the media being strongly behind the move, Roberts believes that the club will do everything it can to keep the Kong of the Congo at the club.

Roberts told Sky Sports News – ‘There’s no doubt Chris Samba has done well for the football club and he signed a new contract recently.

‘I’m sure the club will do everything in their power to keep him, but Arsenal’s a big challenge and a big club and you would understand if he wants to go and play Champions League football as much as it would be an issue for us.

‘I’m sure we’re going to work hard to keep him. It’s a big draw.

‘I think, at every level, Chris Samba has exceeded expectations and he came here on trial and no-one knew who he was.

‘Five years later you’re talking about him having interest from a club like Arsenal, so I think with any situation he can rise to it, and I’m sure he would add to what they have.

‘But, first and foremost, as his team-mate I’m hopeful that he will stay.’

Problems with Arsenal not wanting to pay £12 million means that the Gunners may look elsewhere for better value.

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7 Replies to “Roberts behind Samba stay”

  • I just hope we don’t end up losing him right at the end of the transfer window with old skinflint Wenger always waiting till the 11th hour to get signings on the cheap. If he’s going we definitely need a big signing to replace him.

  • Samba will be likely to leave, Arsenal will be too hard to resist for him. If he does, we’ll be in big trouble. We r left with Nelsen the only recognised centre back, and Clown won’t be able to replace someone of Samba’s quality.

  • I can understand him wanting to look at a move to a big club, but if he is going to move then he’s got to go soon so we’ve got time to get someone else in. Mind you, while Nelsen would be the only senior centre half left, Givet can do a job in there and I don’t think that Hanley is too far away.

  • I hope he doesn’t go, but if he does it has to be for a high tranfer fee and we need to sign 2 good centre halfs to have any chance next season, Jan Vertonghen from Ajax would be a good replacement and would be available for around 12mil, Scott Dann and Roger Johnson would also fill the huge gap made if Samba was to leave…

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