So far Arsenal have just the addition of young French under 20 international striker Yaya Sanogo to their name in terms of incoming players this summer. We are desperate for some more additions however as the club continues to struggle to answer our pleas because of being outbid, slow or inflated prices, or whatever other excuses Wenger can think of, we are quite simply starting to get very concerned that with the Premier League season being under 3 weeks away that we won’t be ready in time.
You have absolutely no idea how happy I am with the fact Arsenal are managing to sell their ‘deadwood’ players this summer and I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling. It was vital we had a right clear out of the club this summer, in order to reinvest effectively, efficiently and where it was most necessary in order to make sure the team was strengthened to such an extent that we could become a major force in England once more.
It’s all well and good getting rid of a team’s deadwood players, as it allows a club to lose some player wages, gain a few squad places and in the meantime gather a little bit of income, but ultimately if you don’t then go and replace these players then the club goes into a period of further regression.
Johan Djourou is set to complete his move away from Arsenal in the coming days having passed a medical with German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. The Swiss international also spent last year in Germany with rivals Hannover 96, who were also in for his signature this summer, however Hamburg have beaten them to the 26 year old.
It has been reported in the last few days that Arsenal had agreed deals with both mentioned German clubs and it was up to Djourou to choose the offer he wanted, with Arsenal no longer willing to step in his way. And the final result is that he agreed a 1 year loan deal with Hamburg for the 2013/14 Bundesliga, with the option to buy at the end of the season for a speculated £3 million.
Amongst the recent articles about “deadwood” at Arsenal, people seem to have forgotten about Johan Djourou who spent the last half of this past season on loan in Germany at Hannover where he impressed with good performances.
He may not have been mentioned because he just might still have a future at Arsenal. He has never managed to nail down a full time place in the Arsenal squad and he has mainly been used as cover at centre back and right back for the club.
It may surprise you that Johan Djourou made his first Arsenal appearance back in the Invincibles year of 2004! He made his professional debut against Manchester City in the League Cup in 2004 and played in the competition several times but didn’t make his Premier League debut till 2006. Almost 10 years on since his first appearance for Arsenal and he has certainly had as inconsistent a career as I have ever known.
Arsenal in for Sevilla defender?
There’s a lot of Arsenal transfer news getting around at the moment and in most cases it’s probably all rumours, however this one particularly interested me because there seems to be some genuine links as well as some important things to consider.
According to various media reports, Arsenal is looking at Argentina and Sevilla defender Fazio. There have been reports in the past about Fazio and interestingly Arsenal were reportedly very close to signing the centre back in 2009, only for the bid to be rebuffed at a later stage. However if the story is true it would seem that once again Wenger is looking back at his former targets.
It seems that the Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is listening to the advice given by his national team manager and has instructed his agent to find him a team that will give him regular first team football.
His agent, Flavio Ferraria, responded to rumours that Napoli was a possible destination for the fourth-choice Arsenal centre-back.
Ferraria said: “Can Djourou join Napoli? It’s certainly possible, especially as we will be in Italy next week for a series of appointments,”
“At the moment Napoli are not on the list of appointments, but everything is possible. If he leaves the Premier League, then he will play in Italy or Spain.
If rumours are to be believed Arsenal draws closer and closer to signing Montpellier’s center-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who they have been watching this season as he captained his club to the French Ligue 1 title.
The defender who was recently called-up to the French squad in the 25-man pre-EURO squad has been tracked by Arsene Wenger’s scouts in this successful year at the French club and they have been highly impressed at what they saw.
Johan Djourou is stuck in no-mans land behind Arsenal’s top three centre-backs of Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and if none of them get injured next season (fat chance!) then he will only get the occasional run out in the Carling Cup.
This will put his international career at risk if he’s not playing, so the Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has urged to him to move to club where he can play first-team football on a regular basis.
“For Djourou, the question arises of a transfer,” Hitzfeld said. “If he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.”