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OFFICIAL: Gooners Want Samba Over Cahill

Around a week ago, I made a poll asking fellow Gooners, who do they prefer Wenger to sign between the two most heavily-linked central defenders in Chris Samba and Gary Cahill. Here are the results:


Christopher Samba
69 (56%)
Gary Cahill
47 (38%)
6 (4%)

The results show that a majority prefer Blackburn skipper, Chris Samba, who’s known for his toughness, aggression and aerial ability. The results probably display the fan’s preference for a giant, aggressive and very physical defender, rather than a defender who’s better technically like Gary Cahill.

What do you think? Do you agree with the results? Who do you prefer between the two? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

Cheers and take care,

Omar –




  1. Steven

    June 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The most important thing for me is not who we prefer.Rather, the pertinent question is, will Wenger buy either? Because to be honest with you, in order of preference, I’ll go with the poll but I’ve been around long enough to know that you cannot trust Wenger to offload averages and flopsters within the ranks and bring in quality signings like Samba and Cahill even if he admitted the defence needs tweaking. For me, either will be great, signing Samba is the best news we can have this summer but Cahill will be okay. Neither looks likely though!

  2. john

    June 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Erm, 122 votes in your poll, not really representative of the Gooner population, is it. The only conclusion you can draw from this is that people weren’t really that interested in your poll and/or blog.

    • mick

      June 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Agree totally.

    • John

      June 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm


    • Omar

      June 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      I completely realize that, it was a poll that lasted for a short time, which is the reason for the quite low representation.

      I didn’t say it meant the majority of ALL Gooners, I apologize if it was implied in that manner.

      Cheers and take care,


  3. John

    June 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    What a load of $hit.. DONT TRY AND SPEAK FOR US ALL
    Cahill (63%, 575 Votes)
    Samba (34%, 315 Votes)
    Neither (3%, 28 Votes)

    Samba over Cahill? ARE YOU ALL MENTAL? Have you seen Samba turn, he’s slower than a passenger ferry.. He is not a good passer of the ball, so please TELL ME.. What more does he have to offer than one of the best central defenders in the country? Samba is not going to solve our defensive problems, good in the air yes, but bloody hell, he is a poor defender. You lot make me laugh, you are the same people that will be calling for Wengers head (again) as he made another poor decision buying Samba come December.. You have no idea….

    Samba and his defence let in 7 against Man Utd, REMEMBER THAT?? They were almost relegated.. RIDICULOUS..

    • Gunner for life

      June 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      You’re the one who’s being ridiculous. All Gooners are entitled to their own opinions. What makes you think that you know whats best for OUR team??? Wenger tried to sign SAMBA in January NOT Cahill. What do you have to say now???? Your own manager agrees with the poll

      • John

        June 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        Did he sign him though? No! Bloody good job aswell.. If we get him, I guarantee I will be seeing you back here by December MOANING that we bought him. The masses of Season Ticket holders and REAL FANS that we speak to day in day out, DO NOT WANT SAMBA… He is mediocre at best!

    • Clintm15

      June 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Your right, Samba can’t turn. Oh dear, what a disadvantage for a centre back. However will he be able to do those all important Cruyff turns in the box.

      Jesus, some ppl are clueless.

      • John

        June 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

        clueless? So a forward running at you beats you for pace, you just gonna stand there or turn and run after them? Samba cant run.. YOU DO THE MATHS which of the other top 5 teams in prem wanted SAMBA? NONE, what about cahill? 3? dopes

        • John

          June 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          @clintm15 if anyone is clueless here its you pal.. I will bet you mosy I will see you here in the comments by december should we decide to bring in Samba complaining that we should never have bought him..

          Sick of the two bob arsenal fans piping up jumping on the bandwagon screaming we should be buying defenders from clubs that just battled relegation and thinking he will be our SAVIOUR. You are wrong, you are being a sheep and agreeing with what everyone else is saying.. HE IS CRAP

          He will be a liability, not the standard we should be going for..

          You will see in time..

    • Omar

      June 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      I see your point, but you really need to calm down. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Your poll results, in comparison with many others show that Gooners are divided in their opinion over Samba or Cahill.

      Samba and Cahill are good defenders, either one of them will be a good signing for the Gunners.

      I get your opinion, but express it calmly….we see your point.

      Cheers and take care,


  4. George-Greece

    June 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Buy both, and maybe Jagielka

    Vermaelen > left-back

    • Ankit

      June 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      i agree totally !!! and make koscielny part of the deal as loan to Bolton with 9m cash !
      Although Jagielka is not needed….buying Samba and Cahill will be grt !!!
      Imagine the defence as :-

  5. Sy4

    June 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Cahill all the way or Jags from Everton

  6. Eldiablo

    June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Get Samba at whatever the price

  7. Toks

    June 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Typical Arsenal fans, always looking for a reason to complain. You’ve been banging on about Cahill all of last season and then the second you are close to signing him you start saying you shouldn’t be signing him you should be signing someone else.

  8. Dan AKA The Truth

    June 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I cannot understand Gooners like George, above, calling for Vermaelen to be played at LB! We have enough square pegs playing in round holes and sure while he did an EMERGENCY job there for Ajax, he is a quality centre-half. Additionally, centre-halves love playing in that position and will get unhappy being shifted to a full-back berth.

    I don’t like Wenger’s stubborness and not listening to the fans, but I hope, in this respect, he does not even acknowledge these ludricrous claims about moving Vermaelen into the left back position.

  9. alvares

    June 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Chris samba is what arsenal needs.we have vermaeleen who is just the same as cahil

    • John

      June 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Vermaelen another one??? WELL I WOULD HAVE A FULL BACK LINE OF VERMINATORS… He is possibly one of wengers best ever defensive purchases, if it wasn’t for his injury I am absolutely sure he’d be captain material when cesc goes.. We could do with a few more TV’s SO BRING THAT ON!!

  10. matt

    June 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    forget these two. buy christian zapata. he’s better than both of them and cheaper.

  11. esský

    June 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Cahill all D̶̲̥̅̊ way, any way I think ‎​​Ȋ̝̊̅† will do a lot good if wenger can buy both dude. Wenger unveils D̶̲̥̅̊ signing, cos Arsenal must win D̶̲̥̅̊ 2011/2012 EPL

  12. Arsenal

    June 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Cahill is another vermaelen
    Which is a REALLY good thing

    • John

      June 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      exactly!!! a man with sense

  13. Gial

    June 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I prefer samba simply coz his got power n can easily deal wit tha lyks of drogbc n other twigs who commonly likes 2 f.,,,k up our defence,cahill is a gud 1 too,bt so much like TV so need to get him,simple as that

  14. Gial

    June 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I prefer samba simply bcoz his got power n can easily deal wit tha lyks of drogbc n other twigs who commonly likes 2 f.,,,k up our defence,cahill is a gud 1 too,bt so much like TV so no need to get him,simple as that

  15. Sid

    June 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    We really need Hazard though

  16. ludzico

    June 30, 2011 at 5:33 am

    we need both,but i wld go for Cahill,we already hav Djorou to do all the strength job

  17. Toks

    June 30, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I can bet you 99% of these people have never watched 90mins of a Blackburn or Bolton game that didn’t have Arsenal in it and all of a sudden now everyone’s a judge about who Arsenal need Cahill or Samba..

  18. Moses Watasa

    July 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    The “beaks” of those “wolves” on the Board of Arsenal FC must be flooding with saliva right now – in anticipation of feasting on proceeds from the auctioning of Fabregas, Clichy, Nasri etc. By 31st August 2011, Mr. Arsene “the- profit-maker” Wenger will have more than enough for them to “eat”. He is typically recruiting more kids – Carl Jenkinson, Oxylade Chamberlain etc to groom and sell (again) when they peak in 2014. What a “brilliant” manager and “ambitious” Board! Mean time, the likes of Nasri, Fabregas and Clichy will have improved trophy prospects at their respective new clubs. What is Robin Van Persie (running out of time for trophies) waiting for?

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