There’s going to be a sale at QPR this summer, which will see some of the side’s best current players moving on as they will more than likely have to make cuts ahead of a season in the Championship.
Christopher Samba is one of the players who will go if the club are relegated and he is the only player Arsenal should be in for, as he could substantially improve the current defence.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding a possible move for some of the attacking players at QPR but Arsene Wenger is shrewd enough to know that bringing in a player like Samba could be a very good piece of business.
Arsenal would be getting a player with huge Premier League experience with his current spell at QPR and the time he spent with Blackburn Rovers before they were unfortunately sent down to the Championship.
Arsenal fans may not like that trend but the Gunners are in no danger of being sent to the second tier of English football and the signing of Samba is certainly something which can have a positive effect.
There have been serious questions over the consistency of Per Mertesacker in the middle of the Arsenal defence this season; whether he’s quick enough to play for the club and whether he’s good enough against the bigger sides.
Samba is certainly a player who could play a similar role in the Arsenal defence due to his size and his imposing presence and he is slightly quicker than the big German centre back.
Samba is also a simple ball player which is what Wenger will want from all of his defenders. He doesn’t mess around. When the ball needs to be played short and into the midfield, he’ll do just that and when it needs to be sent into the stands, he’ll do just that.
The only issue here is the cost because Samba is on a massive contract at QPR and the club will more than likely try and get back some of the £12 million they initially paid Russian side Anzhi for his transfer.
However, QPR are not in a position where they can effectively argue for a higher fee which means Samba’s initial transfer cost could well drop below the £10 million mark which is the sort of fee Wenger seems to like paying for players where possible.
If the club can sort out a fair personal package which doesn’t affect the current wage structure and financial model, then it shouldn’t take too long for the Gunners to get him into the Emirates and signed on the dotted line.
A lot could be going on this summer at Arsenal with Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen already linked with moves away from the club, which will leave Arsenal scrambling to find decent replacements.
Fortunately they could have instant access to one such replacement should they decide to go after him.
Is Samba good enough to play for Arsenal?