Arsene Wenger declared to Johan Djourou this summer that there would be a place for him in the Arsenal side this season, but the Swiss defender has realised that he will have to leave the Emirates if he is to have any chance of playing regular football. The president of the German club Hannover has told the newspaper Bild that they have been having talks about taking Djourou to the Bundesliga.
“I can confirm the name (of Djourou). He is on our list, there have been talks.”
I wrote an article some time ago about Djourou, who was not even being played in the Arsenal reserve side. This must be because he was determined to leave, and Wenger did not want to risk him picking up an injury which would spoil his chance of a transfer. There has also been interest from clubs in the Italian Serie A, so it may not be a straightforward transfer. It does seem likely, however, that Arsenal will not be paying Djourou’s wages next month.
Hannover have struggled defensively this season, but are still pushing for European qualification. They are currently on a winter break, but will be travelling to Portugal for training, and hope to have any new arrivals there, so we could get an announcement very soon.