The news that one of Arsenal’s defenders could be the subject of a transfer to Serie A in Italy could be better and it could be worse. It is not Koscielny, Mertesacker or Vermaelen, so that is a great relief. On the other hand, it is not Sebastien `the Squid` Squillachi so that’s very disappointing.
The man in question is Johan Djourou, who was promised first team action this season by Arsene Wenger, has only made one appearance in a game against Coventry in the Capital One cup. That might be a little less than the Swiss international was hoping for.
Many Arsenal fans would be glad to see the back of Djourou but I think that is a bit harsh. When you don’t play regularly then mistakes will happen sometimes if you are called on. He has been unlucky with his opportunities but, when given a run of games, has proved himself capable.
He is a great player to have as cover and Wenger obviously wants to keep him, but it may be the time to move on for Djourou. Unless two centre backs get injured then he will only get very occasional games in the cup or as a substitute.
His agent has told the Italian media that no specific moves have been taken, although rumours have linked him to Roma and Napoli, but they will look at the situation in January, and also stated that Djourou would like to play in Italy some day.
It might be better if he left to give more opportunity to the defenders like Miquel coming through the youth system and, anyway, his name sounds too similar to Giroud.