German club Hannover 96 have confirmed that they are in talks with Arsenal defender Johan Djourou over a possible return to the Bundesliga.The 26-year old spent the second half of last season on loan with Hannover, but he is currently en route to return to the north London side in time for pre-season, despite recent interest from Hamburg too.
Djourou still has another two years remaining on his current deal at the Emirates, although Hannover’s general manager Dirk Dufner is hopeful of securing his return to Germany.
According to Skysports , Hannover’s general manager Dirk Dufner said :
We are in touch with Arsenal FC and we feel talks with the clubs have been put on the right track. We are confident. The lad will now need to make a decision.
He needs to say where the road will lead him next. He knows what Hannover 96 is about and we definitely did the best we could. I hope this will be enough to see him decide for us.
Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer earlier said :
HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club.
We are trying to sign a player. We are not out to belittle a competitor.
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.
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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.
Despite remaining at the club as a professional for almost ten years, Johan Djourou has never made a serious case for his ability. In fact, his rather average performances have been peppered with poor decisions, rash tackles and some pretty awful positioning.
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?