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Samba not scared of Arsenal

Blackburn captain Chris Samba wants to make life a "living hell'' for Arsenal at Ewood Park on Saturday.

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Rovers are anxious to kick-start their Premier League campaign after failing to register a win in their opening four matches. Steve Kean's men are bottom of the table with just one point and some disgruntled supporters are planning to stage a march to demand the manager's removal prior to this weekend's kick-off.

Yet Samba feels that is unnecessary as performances have deserved far better and he is convinced Rovers have the game to worry the Gunners. The highly-rated Congo defender, who was linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer, said: "If you are a football player you shouldn't be scared of any team.

"It is a home game and it is up to us to make it a living hell for them when they come here. It is simple, we must to do our best to make sure they don't play as they want to, make it horrible for them.

"We are so unlucky to be talking about this. With a bit of luck we would not be here, we would have four or five points and be in the middle of the table, comfortably. We have shown we can play good football but at the moment we are not winning. We do look like a good team and we just need a fraction to be a great team.''

Blackburn completely dominated in their last home game against Everton, missing two penalties and hitting the woodwork twice, only to lose to a last-gasp Toffees penalty. The Lancashire side then led at Fulham last week before being forced to settle for a draw.

Samba, 27, added: "I am not too worried myself. We create so many chances every game and play well. I know the quality we have got in the squad. Everton - I will not forget that game for a long time. It was extraordinary, we dominated at both ends and it was looking like an easy game.

"To go out with nothing was frustrating, but that is football. A win would be very good, it would relieve a bit of pressure and all the talk but, from the past, you can see this is not the first time we have had something like this.

"We will be successful against adversity. Last season people said we would go down but we didn't. Every year it is the same, we are used to it. We are going to prove that is wrong. We will do it again.''

Despite the performances, pressure is growing on Kean, who was elevated to the manager's job after owners Venky's sacked Sam Allardyce last December. A number of supporters are concerned about the direction of the club under Venky's and Kean and organisers are hoping 1,000 will join the march before the Arsenal game.


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