An unfortunate Goodbye for Djourou by AH
Johan Djourou is set to leave the club. To be honest, I think this is a shame for the club. Djourou was loyal to Arsenal having come through all the ranks and he was determined to do well for the club and take us to the next level. Djourou played an important role in the side back in the 2010-2011 season, and he was out best centre back at times. In my opinion Djourou is one of the best 4th choice centre backs in the league and it’s a shame we are looking at letting him go, however its fair play that he wants regular playing time and with Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen at Arsenal, its unlikely he will ever make another strong breakthrough into the team as a regular and so it seems we will have to let him go.
A few teams have shown interest in the Swiss defender, mostly from Seria A and the German Bundesliga. Napoli seem to be the front runners with the Italian side maintaining their interest in him since the summer. However German team Hannover have also confirmed their interest and club Chief Martin Kind admitting the club’s interest in the player.
Speaking to German national newspaper BILD, Kind said; “I am able to confirm that we are very interested in bringing Johan Djourou to the AWD-Arena. He is on our short list of names and there have been some concrete talks with Arsenal going on.”
The move would only be a short term loan for the rest of the season, whilst Napoli are looking for a solid transfer. I would be in favour of sending him out on loan because I think Djourou is a good option to have in the Arsenal team if injures do occur and also his love for the club gives him a good mental strength and adds to the dressing room, much like Eboue did. Of course If it meant we signed another quality centre back if Djourou left, then I would take that option and allow Djourou to leave permanently however I just can’t see Wenger buying another quality centre back, when we already have 3 on the cards. Djourou fits the role of 4th choice/challenging for a position perfectly because he doesn’t get frustrated with the lack of playing time and he’s also on a decent wage considering the type of quality he brings.
However it’s also up to the player. Does he want to stay and fight for a place or would he rather drop down a level and have regular playing time. We will just have to see how this potential transfer pans out but I wouldn’t be too disappointed which every way it turns out.