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.”
Arsene Wenger obviously thinks that Djourou is simply just a squad player, and gave him a contract extension until 2015 earlier this year, but how many Arsenal fans would be more than happy to see him replaced by someone just a little bit more efficient?