Gunners Swiss international Johan Djourou has been urged to consider his future at the Emirates by his countries manager Ottmar Hitzfeld if the central defender wants to play more consistently on the international stage.
The 25-year-old, who recently signed a three-year contract extension, has played second-fiddle to the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and summer purchase Per Mertesacker, and this certainly has impacted his chances of international football with the defender only able to make a late cameo against Germany in Switzerland’s friendly.
Hitzfeld made a point of noting that Djourou’s exclusion from the first XI was due to his lack of match practice, with the Arsenal man replaced by ex-team mate Philippe Senderos and Cesena’s Steve Von Bergen at the heart of the defence.
The Swiss manager believes Djourou must quit Wenger’s side if he wants to be part of his World Cup 2014 plans, Hitzfeld told RTS Sport:
For Djourou, the question arises of a transfer
If he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.
It is a difficult situation for Djourou as he is playing for a top-class football club, but will only acquire game time if injury strikes Arsenal’s squad. But this is not anything unusual, so in terms of his career it’s probably worth staying with the Gunners thanks to their awful injury record.
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But if he does decide to leave then it better happen soon as Arsenal can then have the chance of buying Vertonghen. But even so if Djourou is sold will Wenger even buy a replacement with youngsters Ignasi Miquel and Kyle Bartley waiting in the wings for first team opportunities?
The self-proclaimed ‘best striker in the world’ (he’s never going to live that down is he?) Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he has spoken with a variety of clubs as he looks to move to greener pastures, but has insisted he will not be making a decision until after the Euro 2012 championships next month.
The 24-year-old forward played and scored for Denmark in their friendly loss against Brazil, and for the time being his heart and mind is on his countries preparations for the upcoming tournament in the Poland and Ukraine.
He told reporters:
Yes, I have talked to other clubs
I have told all the clubs that I want to wait until after Euro 2012.
We have got plenty of time to sort out the future.
The ‘Great’ Dane left Arsenal last summer on loan to Sunderland, and with Martin O’Neill yet to decide whether he wants the rebellious striker on a permanent basis next season, he may well be playing outside of England next season with Borussia Dortmund hot favourites to sign the striker.
With the Gunners acquiring Lukas Podolski this summer and with Bendtner clearly not wanting to give it another go at the Emirates, a transfer move away as soon as possible is what all Arsenal fans want to see. Wenger needs to bolster the attacking lineup though as Chamakh and Park don’t seem to have what it takes to be Van Persie’s backup, personally I’d like to see a bid for Oliver Giroud be placed, and soon before he get’s snapped up after Euro 2012.
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