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Monday, January 10, 2011

Can Arsenal Samba to victory?

Arsenal are not exactly renowned for their commanding centre backs and, in fact, might be viewed as not currently having a dominant central defender, with the one contender for that category, Thomas Vermaelen, out for the long term. However, could they be about to find a man who can create a defensive beat that can allow their creative men to dance to victory?

Christopher Samba is not exactly the typical player that Arsenal target in the transfer window, but Wenger is unlikely to forget the fact that his first title winning side in England was one that was supported by the old guard of George Graham, including the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bould, and Lee Dixon. Although these players were not exactly naturally gifted going forwards, they were more than capable of supporting the more creative members of Wenger's team of the time, something that proved to be a recipe for success. Anyone who has placed a Premier League bet on Arsenal will be hoping they strengthen their backline.

If Wenger decides to splash the cash on Samba, then he knows he would be adding some real steel to a defence that has been questioned numerous times this season already for its lack of mettle. Add to this the fact that he would provide another dimension to Arsenal’s attacking options as he would be more than capable of chipping in with a few headed goals from set pieces and you can see why he could be a valuable addition. The Premier League best odds indicate Arsenal are in with a shout of winning the title, but they face some tough competition.

However, with Wenger a man who is very much set in his ways and insistent that he does not need to sign any reinforcements despite the fact that his side still looks a little too weak to win the title, the chances of Arsenal dancing to Samba's beat seem more remote than Gunners fans would like.

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