Johan Djourou set for permanent Bundesliga transfer

Whilst there has been plenty of talk about players joining Arsenal in the transfer window, there have also been plenty linked with a move away from the club.

Denilson and Andrei Arshavin have already been let go by the club and it seems that Swiss defender Johan Djourou is set to be the next player packing his bags and leaving the Emirates.

It seems as if Djourou could be set to return to the Bundesliga where he spent the second half of last season on with Hannover.

Alongside interest from German side Hannover; Hamburg have also publicly declared that they are interested into making a bid for the player.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Bild, HSV’s director of sport Oliver Kreuzer stated their intent into making a bid declaring that “we would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer.”

Despite falling down the pecking order at the Emirates, Djourou managed to enjoy a resurgence in form at Hannover during the early part of the year featuring in 13 games for Hannover including two appearances in the Europa League.

But with Hannover failing to make a bid before the end of his loan spell, it has meant that other Bundesliga sides are now able to have a chance of making a bid.

Kreuzer’s confidence at signing Djourou was clear to see as he played up the reputation of Hamburg and their past success. This was underlined in his interview by stating that “Hannover played well in Europe last season, but Hamburg is Hamburg. HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club.”

Djourou has been at Arsenal since 2006 and initially found success with the club establishing himself as part of the first team set-up back in 2008.

Whilst at the Emirates, Djourou has gone on to notch 144 appearances for Arsenal during his 9 year stint at the club only scoring 1 goal.

But with Koscielny, Mertesacker and Vermaelen all being given priority over the Swiss defender, it has meant that Arsenal no longer see a place for him in the squad.

Arsenal’s defensive efforts has come in for some criticism over the past couple of years and the club has felt the need to try and find ways to refresh their squad in a bid to find trophies.

Having now enjoyed some first team football in Germany, it means that Djourou’s future is certainly going to be much brighter in the Bundesliga than it does waiting in the wings at the Emirates for the odd cameo appearance in the Carling Cup.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!