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Djourou Embraces New Year Hannover

Arsenal have confirmed that Swiss defender Johan Djourou has joined Bundesliga side Hannover 96 on loan for the rest of the season. Djourou- currently Arsenal's longest serving player- joins Marouane Chamakh out of the exit door, who joined West Ham on loan yesterday.

Djourou has appeared only twice this year- both times as captain- in the League Cup. Hannover confirmed that they had sought an option to buy Djourou at the end of his spell, which Arsenal have declined. But with Mertesacker, Koscielny and Vermaelen ahead of him in the pecking order, games have been limited for the Swiss.

'Johan Djourou is a professional with international experience, who can help us quickly, we believe. It fits in our requirements, because he will be eligible to play in the UEFA Europa League ,' said Hannover boss Joerg Schmadtke.

'After the failure of Felipe Leon Andreasen and we have to act in defence. With his physical strength, his tactical understanding and his high level of commitment it is my personal conviction a win for us,' said 96-head coach Mirko Slomka.

Thomas Eisfeld and Ignasi Miquel are expected to complete loan moves to Championship sides in the next wee, and Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci are also expected to leave the club this winter. The strong consensus is that Arsenal are clearing the decks to prepare a bid for Barcelona striker David Villa, who is thought to be interested in joining Arsenal.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 5 2013

Time: 1:27PM

Your Comments

It is a shame JD couldn't make it here, he's always seemed to come across as a nice guy and was a great professional, can't do anything other than wish him well at his new club.

With regards to Villa, I know people have reservations about his age, but he's a damn fine player. It's not like he's ancient or anything, same ages as RvP who's still ripping it up ... the ba****d.
Rocky7
wonder why wenger gave him a long term contract not long ago
Joe_@**
It wasn't long term, and it wasn't "given to him" per se. He activated a clause because he appeared a certain amount of times, so we were obliged.
Little Dutch
Djourou signed a new 3 year contract in Jan last year. He's still relatively young by CB standards and with one year of a protected period still on his contract at the end of this season it's worth seeing how he does in Hannover rather than to judge his value now. He seems like one of the nice guys so I hope his career, wherever it lies, goes well for him.
Amos.
Very pleased for him because he deserves a chance to play. He's an excellent defender. I don't get the impression that this is a halfway house to leaving, though. I have read that there is no option to buy, so that gives me hope. Championship would be a very good move for Eisfeld and Miquel, especially for Eisfeld - he'll get used to the rough and tumble and find that he has to get stuck in for every minute of every game.
FunGunner
Rocky, Villa has played 14 games in last two years. Food for thought.
Sajit
That's not true at all Sajit. He's actually played 44. He's played 20 games this season and 24 last season till he broke his leg.
Little Dutch
A loan move for Ignasi? That's crazy unless we are bringing in another central defender this window, or there is an emergency return clause if one or more of our 'big three' get injured.
elbondo
Villa's 2 yrs older than Van Persie isn't he? Don't believe this'll happen tbh
shewore
Pleased for Djourou. We all want players to commit to Arsenal and not look for moves, Djourou is happy to stay and compete at Arsenal. He's had a few good spells in the team, but not consistent enough. Quite solid for a 4th choice CB. We need more defensive cover in the squad.
prits
I'd be happy on 50k as well.
shewore
Gotta love the socialist wage structure at play!
shewore
Sajit - RvP had a similar playing rate up until a 18 months ago, now he's 64 consecutive league games or something. Not to mention smashing the goals in. If Villa is available, we should definately go for him imo.
Rocky7
Also saw a stat yesterday (Not sure how accurate it is) that this season has had 12 shots, 12 on target with 7 goals.
Rocky7
 

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