The Swiss international defender signed for Hamburg on a season-long loan deal last night, with the Bundesliga side holding an option to make the move permanent.
Djourou has fallen out of favour under manager Arsene Wenger and was desperate to move elsewhere in order to get more first team football.Djourou has insisted that revitalising his career had to come before financial considerations, justifying a pay-cut to become part of Thorsten Fink’s squad.
According to Hamburg official website ,he said :
Everything was just right for me at Hamburg. Above all, the sporting aspect convinced me.
In London I could have earned considerably more money, but that wasn’t the decisive factor.
I want to play as much as possible and to improve, and this is why I can see the ideal conditions for myself in Hamburg.
He could end up making the switch permanently should he impress as Hamburg included an option in the loan deal to talk about a transfer at the end of the campaign.
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It’s a refreshing attitude from a player who has received a lot of unkind stick from fans but when you compare him to other players who have been content to sit on their holes and pick up the big pay cheques without ever contributing anything to the team, he deserves credit for that at least.
After joining the Gunners as a promising 15-year old in 2002, his career has never really managed to take off as he would have liked. He was not happy being the fourth choice centre back, so Arsene Wenger finally relented last season and let him go on loan to Hannover in the Bundesliga.
Djourou’s near permanent departure coupled with Sebastien Squillaci’s release leaves Arsene Wenger with only Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as tried and tested centre-back options.
While Ignasi Miquel has the potential to step-up, the chatter about Swansea’s Ashley Williams suggests Wenger is in the market for a new defensive signing even if he can’t persuade the Welsh side to sell.
After making 144 appearances for the club, and scoring just once, it’s quite clear to a large section of the Arsenal faithful, that Djourou’s time might just be up. Although there was little wrong with keeping Djourou in reserve, it seems that his recent loan spell at the German side Hannover 96, has pretty much cemented his position amongst the bag packers.
Are you happy to see him go?