The Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been a Gunner for his whole career, apart from a loan spell at Birmingham City, but it looks like that could be coming to an end. There was talk of the Swiss international defender moving on this summer, with a few Serie A clubs interested, but Arsene Wenger assured the 25-year old that there was still a role for him at the Emirates.
With just one appearance in the Capital One cup to his name so far, that role seems to involve keeping a seat in the stands warm. With the injury to Koscielny, Djourou might think that now is his chance and if he doesn’t play, then he will want a move. This could be good news for Arsenal, as Juventus are said to be interested in him, while their 28-year old striker Alessandro Matri is looking for a move away.
There are rumours in Italy that a swap deal is on the cards, and Matri could be useful to Arsenal. He played an important part in Juventus’ unbeaten title winning season, and could be a perfect substitute striker.
Of course that would leave Arsenal short of defensive cover, apart from youngsters coming through, so maybe that is why Arsenal have been tracking the young Dutch centre back Stefan de Vrij. The 20-year old is in his fourth season at Feyenoord and is already captain of the team. His impressive form has also caught the eye of Liverpool and Chelsea, according to the Sun, and Feyenoord are expecting offers for him in January.