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Chin, Chin Djourou

Before the recriminations begin (frankly, having had quite a torrid journey home, reading the reels of wrist slitting can wait until the morning), I thought it proper to react to the sad news that Johan Djourou`s badly disclocated shoulder has ended his campaign. Quite simply, the boy has been utterly immense this season, forcing his way back from a debilitating knee injury to become a guaranteed first choice pick in the centre of defence. For all the tired critcisms of Arsenal`s defence, only Manchester City and Chelsea have conceded less this season and Djourou has been a massive part of that.

Johan, get better soonand we look forward to seeing you next season. When the pecking order for the Player of the Season award begins to occupy minds in two months time, I think you`ll not be too far from people`s thoughts.LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday March 13 2011
Time: 2:52AM


Good shout LD. JD was a little shakey upon return, we didn't know what we were going to get week in week out, but a run of games saw him become our best defender this season. I remember Arsene Wenger telling the media to forget about Djourou as he tried to draw the attention away from him .... I think we're finally seeing what the boss saw all those years ago. Get well soon.
13/03/2011 03:10:00
He's a really gifted CB. He's good on the ball as well. And certainly he and Kos have been solid to say the least. Will miss him sorely until Vermaelen gets back and I do hope that it is soon because the Squilscielny axis gives me the jitters whenever I think about it.
13/03/2011 04:21:00
Sad for you guys... I think its going to be next year when your players will be more mature.. Though some of the players are getting old enough to be sold for serious clubs.. Arsene, i think will stay as he has got his 2 million bonus for getting into the champions league and the directors also have shared good profit among themselves.. Such a profit making club by the way..
danish chelsea
13/03/2011 06:22:00
I wonder if some around here come back to re-read what they posted and feel embarrassed? Not worth replying so let's not feed the trolls who fail even to think or post on topic. JD has been immense this season and it's such a shame to see his campaign ended abruptly like this. Get well soon! I've also been thinking in case we forgot, there's a guy called Vermaelen somewhere on the treatment table. Do you think TV-JD would be a good partnership? Or are they a bit more similar, e.g. both tend to attack the ball first time? Next season we'll see I suppose.
13/03/2011 07:50:00
Bit of a downer losing yet another player for the rest of the season. At the beginning of the season few saw JD as anything other than back up but he became first pick and a really good defender.
13/03/2011 08:14:00
He's a real loss for us. Such an assured CB who was really starting to show his class. Despite the goals I thought he and Kos were having a good game yesterday. We seemed to be cursed with fragility. can only imagine how awesome this team would be if some of our key players were less injury prone.
Wyn Mills
13/03/2011 09:02:00
@Danish Chelsea. Thanks for your comments, however our Board and shareholders do not take a dividend from the club, and haven't for years. The board take a salary/expenses and that is it.
13/03/2011 10:32:00
...and there goes our season, I'm afraid. What a player he's been for us. We've shown we can win without Fabregas and RVP this season, but I don't think we can win consistently without JD. At the start of the season, who woulda thought that he would arguably be our most pivotal player? He's got a rare combination of size, athleticism and technical ability. The thought of a Vermaelen/Djourou partnership next year is very exciting. Provided Vermaelen is still alive, of course.
13/03/2011 11:56:00
Can I just add that Djourou seems like the genuinely nicest chap to play centre back for any team in the Premier League.
13/03/2011 11:58:00
The only solace is the injury is a complete freak incident, nothing to do with the past injuries he's had. Massive props for the way he stepped up this season.
13/03/2011 12:18:00
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