Arsenal Pair Sent Out On Loan by AH
Arsenal have today successfully negotiated terms with two teams which will see both Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou leave the club on respective short term loans.
Chamakh has joined fellow London club West Ham United and will be looking to provide support in the Hammers strike force as they look to push up the table. Whilst Djourou is off to Germany to play for Bundesliga side Hannover.
Both moves are good for Arsenal as it allows us to get some players off the wage bill and it enables us to start looking for signings to strengthen to our own team, however its important to realise that both deals do NOT include an option to buy and so that means that both players will be returning to North London in the summer.
Chamakh’s move hasn’t been announced by either club as of yet however it is expected in the coming hours once the paperwork is finalised in the coming hours. Djourou is a little further behind and talks have successfully taken place and the Swiss defender is set to travel to Germany for his medical later today. When asked about the move to Hannover, Djourou said; “I joined the club who wanted me the most”.
It was in the best interests of all parties that both players moved on in this transfer period and although I expect it to be the last we see of Chamakh in an Arsenal shirt, I think Djourou will return to the club in the summer and continue to push for a place on the team. Simply because I don’t think Wenger will want another quality centre back because we already have 3 and so I think he is simply loaning out Djourou to maintain his fitness because its clear that he isn’t going to intergrate this team at the moment. Djourou is a player who although doesn’t seem to have a big role at the club, he undoubtedly does because despite being 4th choice, he is professional, supportive and has a general love for Arsenal and so his spirit can lift the dressing room. But of course you shouldn’t just keep a player at the club because they can lift the dressing room, but don’t actually have the quality to play for Arsenal. We will just have to see what happens with these players come the summer but that’s my general feel of the situation.
At least we can say, we now have players off the books, off the wage bill and now two more spaces are available to be filled with new signings if we can get them.