Jun 16

Gervinho & Samba on the verge of signing for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is closing in on his first major signings of the summer, with Lille striker Gervinho and Blackburn defender Chris Samba both on the verge of joining the club on long-term deals.

Wenger has identified 27-year-old Samba as the man to solve Arsenal’s defensive worries, while prolific attacker Gervinho is expected to increase competition for places offensively with Nicklas Bendtner close to leaving Emirates Stadium.

Highly-rated frontman Gervinho favours a move to the Gunners ahead of moneybags Manchester City, which has made a late play for his transfer. Lille chief Frédéric Paquet admitted earlier this week Gervinho was in talks with Arsenal and today told L’Equipe that they “will listen to Arsenal’s proposal.”

Meanwhile, the welcome addition of 6 ft 4 giant Samba alongside Thomas Vermaelen looks likely to provide vital strength in a previous area of weakness for Arsenal, and prove a major stepping stone towards a Premier League title challenge when the season kicks-off again in August.

So far, Arsenal’s only summer signing has been the £1m deal for Charlton youngster Carl Jenkinson.

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75 Responses to “Gervinho & Samba on the verge of signing for Arsenal”

  1. Max says:

    fantastic players! can’t wait! onlu hazard left!!!

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  2. VanDaManPersie says:

    I want Samba and Cahill. Move Vermalean to LB as he’s capable of playing there. Ship out Squillaci and Clichy

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  3. xNabzZ says:

    Since we are taking Gervinho and hes their striker, we should offer Bentdner in return and pay like 5M on top and take Hazard of their hands

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  4. Gooner Chris says:

    @xNabzZ: Very good comment. Bendtner wants Champions League football and there are very few clubs in the competition who are short of strikers. Whether he sees Ligue 1 as a step-down is another story, however.

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  5. Steven says:

    I’ll be glad if these came in but will still be sad if some…names no longer necessary…also leave so we are spared the misery of ever seeing them play for Arsenal ever again!

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  6. Ahhh… when can we see the “real” signing? Fans might be exhausted waiting and waiting. Probably Wenger is waiting till August to sign some players… LOL…

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  7. Steve of Chiang Mai says:

    @Gooner Chris: Ligue 1 with Champions League has to be a step up from Arsenal’s bench….

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  8. akaash says:

    Nabil? the fee is being discussed as 10 million, Your basically saying Bendtner is worth 5 million? In my opinion Bendtner has a value of about 20 million looking at the current transfer market

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  9. hedgewire says:

    @VanDaManPersie: I like ur thinking, that’d be perfect. back line done.

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  10. Eurojegzy says:

    This is a good buy 4 wenger, it remains falcao & cahil.offload squilachi ,rosicky & clichy.

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  11. JAMES MUNGA says:

    add cahill to the list, sell squilaci bring in melo

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  12. Jay says:

    I agree with Arsenal Avenue, Samba and Gervinho???? Is this the step up in talent we need to win the league, Samba is slow on the turn and on the ball poor, he is great in the air but then soo is Djourou, as for Gervinho he is a very skillful player but plays off the wing, so a poor replacement for Nasri then.

    I wouldnt be surprised if both arent even regulars, what has happened to Benzema and Falcao?????

    You watch we will end up with these 2, Scott Parker, Scott Dann and Jermaine NoGoals

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  13. true rover says:

    Why dont you Gooners just go away we dont need or want your money.
    Why would he want to join you lot when half your team a rumerd to be leaving.
    We only prduce young talent eh. Thats a laugh.

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  14. Wenger, hurry to stop these speculations. Gooners want to calm our nerves knowing our signings. Samba(good), Gervinho(maybe), Cahill(best), DIAWARA (‘ALMIGHTY!’). Wenger, act quickly!!!

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  15. segun Adegbola says:

    samba and gerv are welcome dev.we stil need a CB dat can cope with d pace of strikers in EPL.Wenger shd pls offload d unwanted and underperforming players and use d money to bring in quality players

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  16. MARK GOONER says:

    true rover dont cry because you have now lost two defenders and your captain ha ha.

    Great moves by wenger,Some gooners always moan.

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  17. jb says:

    Can someone let Wenger know its the African cup of nations this year…Samba, Song, Eboue, Gervinho, Frimpong, Chamakh…do we need any more Africans and lose them at hte buisness end every other year.

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  18. RN says:

    Jay says:
    June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    I agree with Arsenal Avenue, Samba and Gervinho???? Is this the step up in talent we need to win the league, Samba is slow on the turn and on the ball poor, he is great in the air but then soo is Djourou,

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    Im sorry but Djourou standing at 6ft 4 is pathtic in the air, he has no desire to get to the ball first and usually waits for the ball to come to him. Watch him closely as you will see.

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  19. coob23 says:

    true rover… hahaha, you suck so hard. you have arguably the worst manager in the league, you play the worst football along with stoke, and you are doomed to be relegated. when you offered 6 mill for ronaldinho in jan, i cried laughing. your team is so shite, your best players are leaving and you have indian chicken entrepeneurs as your owners… been a while since 1996 hasnt it…now stop being bitter, im not even that happy we have signed samba, arguably your best player and wont start for us… you will be playing brighton next year. enjoy that you mug

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  20. dan says:

    both welcome, but agree they are not the sort of step up to make a material difference.’

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  21. Richard says:

    Yes let’s move our best defender out of his best position because we want Cahill and Samba? Surely a better option to those who want Clichy gone would be sign one of Cahill/Samba and then sign a LEFT BACK someone who naturally plays there, Verm can play there but Cesc can play as striker doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

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  22. dg9 says:

    roll on gervinho & samba…2 quality players…here’s hoping these are fully finalized very very soon…

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  23. SACHIN says:

    plz mr wenger sign samba n cahill quickly n sell fab n move nasri to his post gervino on the left n vermalen move to left back n wiz money got frm sale of fab n clichy buy a great forward like falcao or benzema to assoiciate robin

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  24. John says:

    Is Samba the answer I never really thought be was any good???

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  25. Northbank02 says:

    Two Good players that will solve a few problems in our team, all we need now is to sign Hazzard and Benzema, possible Eto cause he wants to play in the premier leauge,cant see him coming to Arsenal wage demands maybe to high so chelsea or Man City more then likely will pick him up! Man utd might join the battle that will mean Berbatov might leave,as for chelsea that will make Drogba or Kalou available..Its going to be a busy summer…Cesc will stay I believe after what Barca want to offer 30 million for our beloved captain..Samir might stay and play the rest of the contract? any news on this??

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  26. thiru says:

    @xNabzZ: totally agree with u man

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  27. Leo says:

    @VanDaManPersie: Fully agree, unless we get leighton baines instead of Cahill. That would be AWESOME

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  28. John says:

    brilliant hopefully this is the begining with Cahill following shortly. I do hope we get Parker and Falcao plus William and really strengthen our challenge for next season in all competitions.

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  29. WC says:

    So what happens when the ACN comes around and we lose a third of the squad for a month that includes the 2 new signings?

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  30. jimmy says:

    Yap nice searching wenger….samba is good for us and the other striker i love it tax…..will still need replacement for song pls the guy is a good player…

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  31. jimmy says:

    and will still need mindfildder pls to make our first team strong ok and with kepper….2010/2011 i mean our last game i lost like $150

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  32. Sign gervinho/samba&cahil&let bethner denilson.diaby&rocsiky go?

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  33. chris says:

    Shouldnt bother with gervinho, he’s very inconsistent, what I’d like this summer is
    two centre backs (Samba and one other) a holding midfielder, song isnt good enough, hazard and a striker. That is regardless of who comes and goes, obviously if fabregas and nasri go then we’ll need more than that.

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  34. dickto says:

    Samba and Cahill in central defense TV5 on the left and Sagna on the right.Dont leave Nasri im not sure about Cesc leaving or staying but it looks like Barca have little interest in him.Try to bring Falcao if impossible then Gervhino not so bad.

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  35. jimmy says:

    who is the next player singing now Mr wenger….u always menssion player and the end off the day u may not buy it whyyyyyyyyy……

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  36. Alexino says:

    I hope all these news are true we can’t wait anylonger

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  37. jimmy says:

    and pls exchange gel kcinchin with melo pls

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  38. Breezy says:

    I think we will only buy one CB, either Cahill or Samba, with Kos, Djourou and Squallachi as backup. we also have Bartley, but he will probably go on loan. If Clichy leaves then a left back will come in as well. As for our attacking department i think Gervinho might be it unless others leave. Expect some promotions from within as well (Landsbury, Frimpong).

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  39. jimmy says:

    ok but i thing is better to leav if filip melo can still block from manpower i mean 4 like song……..

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  40. Nobhead says:

    Player (Bendtner) plus cash for that big centrehalf in dortmund, and samba. Vermaelen on the left back – someone who knows the offside rule, bye bye Cliché. Then bring in Hazard and Gervinho and we’re set.

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  41. chris says:

    would prefer cahill over samba if it’s one or the other… samba is slow and clumsy so will not suit the high line that well

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  42. jimmy says:

    lieeeeeeeeee guy dont be a mistake samba na sure guy and very srong in defenda….pls let make it our dream…..

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  43. Arsene's Frenchies says:

    Samba would be a good buy. He’s just the kind of solid defender we need. Can’t believe people still want Squillaci as backup. He’s awful. Get rid of him now. Gervinho? Well, I’m sure he looks great in France but he’ll get found out in the EPL I’m fearing. Good call for a promotion for Lansbury. Really want to see more of him this season.

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  44. kirbokir says:

    samba/cahill, de jong, gervinho, benzema

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  45. grey ghost says:

    No body has mentioned ryo miyaichi.12games for feyenord 3 goals.watch him on utube

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  46. Jamie says:

    Enough of the complaining about African Cup of Nations! Congo have been eliminated so Samba would not be leaving for it!

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  47. Jamie says:

    @grey ghost: Looks like he will not get a work permit and will have to go on loan for another year. So it is unlikely he will be able to play for us next year

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  48. TQ says:

    to all of u who say will loose samba for the Africans cups. plz do some research before posting!! cuz REPUBLIC of Congo are eliminated of Africans cup!! and there is a chance that Cameroon wont qualify- their sitting third ( hopefully the wont but very unlikely with 2 games to go)

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  49. Mustapha says:

    Am happy we are makin good move now nd good signings to,for gervinho nd samba good signings wat a rocky defence along wit samba nd thomas.

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  50. Goonerholic says:

    I am really glad that Gervinho is coming to Arsenal and not to Manchester City despite their late bid and the attempt to lure him because of big money. They might be able to pay him big money but they will definitely ruin his career if the indications of how it ends for every star player from Rhobino to now Dheko is anything to go by. It also goes to show that this is a block that’s level headed and has his priorities right. It’s something someone like Nasri should emulate. Nasri is a great player but he should not let this go into his head. He should play it cool like Van Persie.

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  51. In response to some of what I’ve read here:

    – Rosicky is apparently Fabregas’s closest friend on the team they will not sell him off in fear of driving out Fabregas

    – Eto and Song do not get along, Eto will not be at the Emirates anytime soon.

    Everyone gets caught up naming a starting 11 for the season when what I believe makes more sense is to have options. From 2 perspectives:

    1) You can choose the perfect 11 to counter whatever team you are playing. With Samba, Vermaelen, Djouoru, Kol, Sagna, Clichy, (Cahil?) you can choose a big strong backline for a team like Stoke, or a more attacking, passing minded backline for someone like West Brom, or mix and match as you see fit. You also have the option do something like bring Djouoru off the bench in place of Wilshire to play defensive mid to lock down a 1-0 game in the 80′ min.

    2) The other team is constantly guessing what you are going to do. They have to pregame in several different ways because they don’t know what back line you will be putting out against them.

    I think the frontline will remain much the same as last season except Gervinho for Bendtner. I if Wenger can bring in a budget defensive midfielder I believe he will otherwise Frimpong will get thrown to the wolves in the event 2 of Wilshire, Song, Diaby get hurt.

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  52. Zanetti says:

    We dont need chill any more samba is d best 4 us we love him he is very strong so give us samba

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  53. kevin bodo says:

    wonderfull,i hope Hassan Wenger would think in that direction.Sagna-Samba-Cahill-Varminator.what a backline gooners will have for next season.more cleansheets.

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  54. jimmy says:

    hey my fans here i mean arsenal…..what news today and hope will still have on samba pls anybody have link to wenger should pls buy exprince player…to our mean team…

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  55. jimmy says:

    yap will need samba for now pls

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  56. Decent, just think how nice Hazard and Subotic would have been though!

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  57. jimmy says:

    can wenger buy eto for us pls wenger

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  58. jimmy says:

    siverwell pls wenger or sell clinch buy filip melo

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  59. Moses Watasa says:

    Arsenal are facing a really tough start to the 2011-2012 premier league campaign. And if they carry their lethargic performances and end-of-last-season form into next season, the gunners will be in mid-table by October. With Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City, Spurs and Liverpool heavily investing in squad-strengthening, there can only be one top-four casualty come May 2012! Which is why stingy Arsene Wenger and his rapacious Board should stop posturing, get serious NOW and sign some quality players by August 2011 – or esle….

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  60. mjrover says:

    we have just sold phil jones do you think we are just going to sell our other centre half as well. samba just signed 5 year deal dont believe everything u read people.

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  61. Matt says:

    If rumours are correct and we buy Samba and Cahill I do think Wenger might go for a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 type formation. Looking at the players in the squad it would suit them better too as we don’t have any natural wingers. Sagna and Baines(?!) could do the wing back role.

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  62. dre says:

    i think sagna, samba, cahill and vermarlin would be a good back line

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  63. Robert says:

    Samba and Varmalin are the best solution for Arsenal defence.

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  64. zambrotta says:

    if serious wenger get da giant defender samba tugeda wid cahil , we ‘ve 2 proof drought trophy at that tym…wish quck luck..

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  65. Jules says:

    Just saw Gervinho at the Emirates…no joke! He was on the away fans bridge wearing a pink shirt and tweed jacket (worryingly)! My bet is he was having the picture on the balcony taken! GET IN!!!

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  66. guunar says:

    i hate people who can’t write the players names properly…

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  67. RovertheMoon says:

    hi im a rovers fans i got dropped into this site by mistake the latest on samba is that we have offered him a massive contract which will make him clearly the highest paid rovers players, the actually reality is that Samba is probably a 75% chance of leaving rovers and the only club he has expressed an interest in according to local papers is Arsenal i say good luck to the giant man he is already a ledgend at rovers and i would not begrudge him playing champions league football next season

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  68. adedayo solaja says:

    i think sincerely arsene wenger, should by now realise that he lost the premiership race five times because he lacks a solid bench,how do explain we call ourself arsenal and we dont have enough arsenal in the teams armoury,so much guns and no bullets,we need a filip melo in de middle and a tall agressive striker

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  69. Kaka says:

    Wenger shud help us surpoters by signing Etoo! With our futbal, he wil make a gud finisher 4 us.

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  70. jimmy says:

    u get should buy eto at any amount…

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  72. jimmy says:

    kaka u rigth will need eto pls wenger try buy eto….

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  73. jimmy says:

    will need defender baba mi wenger pls all arsenal fans they vent here in nigeria pls will need qulity player …………………………….

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  74. jimmy says:

    hello all arsenal fans ….wenger is a good manager but sometimes he not.. due to trasfer buget….let wenger buy everton defenda…..

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  75. abou says:

    arsenal as a club we have money which can make us go for every good player bt di manager’s calcualations r making us cry every session am waiting to see whats goin on

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