It has been rumoured (since January in fact) that Arsenal were trying to buy Christopher Samba from Blackburn, and along with Gary Cahill, Samba was the most likely Wenger defensive buy forecast by all and sundry.
But today it has been revealed (by the Blackburn manager Steve Kean no less) that there has been no been received from Arsenal or anybody else for the big centre-back.
Kean has been overseeing pre-season training with his team in Austria and he is confident that he will have all his players, including Samba, for the start of the season.
He said: “We have had no bids for Chris and we have had no bids for any other player at this stage and we would like to keep it like that,”
“Chris is only a couple of months into a five-year contract, so hopefully the bids don’t come in and we can keep Chris as part of a defence that proved very, very solid towards the end of the season.”
Funnily enough, Gary Cahill’s boss at Bolton, Owen Coyle, said exactly the same thing last week. So if Wenger isn’t ging for either of those two, where is he going to get the “height and experience” that he admitted was needed to tighten up the Arsenal defence at set-pieces?