Djourou switches to Hamburg on season long loan

After spending much of last season out on loan in Germany, it was pretty much a given that Arsenal defender Johan Djourou would be back in the Bundesliga this season.

Well, the move has now been made official following the Swiss defender’s decision to join Bundesliga side Hamburg on a season long loan.

Whilst it is only a loan spell initially, Hamburg are thought to have an option to buy Djourou on a permanent basis should he impress at the Imtech Arena.

Hamburg had been pursuing Djourou over the last few weeks and had been battling with fellow Bundesliga side Hannover in a bid to sign the Swiss centre back.

Even though Djourou had spent the remainder of last season on loan at Hannover, it was Hamburg who managed to get everything finalised between the player and the team.

Djourou has been at Arsenal for 9 years after coming through the youth squad at the Emirates and making his way into the first team set up.

But despite enjoying a few runs in the first team over the last few years, the player has often suffered from injuries dropping him back down the pecking order.

With the inconsistent form and other defenders such as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny putting in some strong performances over the back end of last season, Djourou had found himself as the 4th choice centre-back at Arsenal.

Despite the trouble, Djourou has become a regular in the Swiss international set-up making 40 appearances for his country over the last 7 years.

By signing Djourou, Hamburg will be hoping for a turnaround inform having disappointed fans last season by missing out on European football after finishing 7th in the Bundesliga last season.

Djourou will feel quite at home in the Imtech Stadium as he joins several other Premier Lague defensive rejects at the club.

Both Jeffrey Bruma and Michael Mancienne struggled to break into the first team at Chelsea a few years ago before both players made a switch to the Bundesliga in an attempt to play first team football.

Djourou will be likely the second choice centre back on arrival at Hamburg and will likely place alongside Heiko Westermann at the back.

It’s almost certain that Djourou’s time at The Emirates is over and even though the player does technically remain an Arsenal player, the move is likely to place the Swiss defender’s future in Germany rather than in England.

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