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DONE DEAL: Arsenal confirm defender transfer

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DONE DEAL: Arsenal confirm defender transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Johan Djourou has completed his move from Arsenal to Bundesliga after joining Hamburg on Thursday.

The 27-year-old arrived at the north London club at the age of 16 and made 144 appearances during his time with the Gunners.

Cesc Fabregas pokes fun at former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou

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Barcelona midfield Cesc Fabregas had a laugh at the expense of former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou by posting a video of a famous Djourou cock-up on Instagram. The Swiss defender's skills FAIL happened in a match between Arsenal and Reading a few years ago. It went viral at the time, but apparently it bypassed Fabregas.

Backpage Roundup: Arshavin Signs For Zenit, Spurs Could Scupper Arsenal’s Higuain Move, Bendtner Taking Time, HSV Want Djourou and More

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Arshavin Signs For Zenit

Freshly released Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has returned back to his homeland by penning a two-year deal with his former club Zenit St Petersburg.

It will be the Russian's third spell with Zenit where he is still held in high regards despite being horrendously out of form for the past two seasons.

Djourou admits uncertainty over his future

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Wantaway Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has reiterated his wish to extend his stay at German side...

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Johan Djourou finds new life at Hannover

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Johan Djourou has seen a career revitalization since coming to Hannover 96 on loan in January from Arsenal. The Swiss defender has been a vital part of Hannover's recent Bundesliga success and ascension up the table. Djourou was a forgotten man at the club he had been with since he was 15. Nearly ten years [.

Backpage Roundup: Arsenal Announce Price Freeze, January Buying Shows Weakness, Beckham Training with Gunners, Ramsey’s New Role and More

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Arsenal Announce Price Freeze for Next Season

Arsenal FC have delivered some good news to their fans by confirming that ticket prices at Emirates Stadium for the 2013/14 season will remain unchanged.

The Gunners' ticket pricing policy is considered very high and it got criticised earlier this month after more than 900 Manchester City fans refused to be bullied over the issue and decided not to buy tickets for their team's clash with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Sees Future Arsenal Captain in Wilshere, Frimpong Leaves for Fulham, Djourou Open to Permanent Exit, Pires Still a Believer and More

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Wenger Regards Wilshere as Future Arsenal Captain

Arsene Wenger believes that Jack Wilshere has all the ingredients to become a future Arsenal captain but says now is not the time to give him the full-time role.

The 21-year-old midfielder was handed the captain's armband by Thomas Vermaelen in the Gunners' recent 5-1 mauling of West Ham when the Belgian had to go off due to an injury.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Expects ‘Open Game’ Against City, Nasri Grateful to Wenger, PL Won’t Tell Clubs to Reduce Prices, Gunners Ready for Tough Month and More

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Wenger Expecting 'Open Game' Against City

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal's Premier League clash with champions Manchester City on Sunday is a make or break fixture for both the clubs involved.

The Gunners need all three points on the offer to stay close to the top four clubs, while the Blues pursuit of league leaders Manchester United means that they cannot afford to have anything less than a victory either.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Rues Lack of Focus, Gunners to Make ‘One or Two’ Signings, Mourinho Envious of Wenger, Chamakh Leaves and More

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Wenger Rues Lack of Focus

Arsene Wenger blamed his Arsenal side's lack of focus after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea City in their FA Cup tie at Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

The Welsh minnows drew first blood when their star striker Michu scored in the second half.

Arsenal Transfer News: Johan Djourou Agrees to Loan Move to Hannover 96

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Johan Djourou of Arsenal FC (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Arsenal center-back and Swiss international Johan Djourou has agreed to a loan move to German Bundesliga side Hannover 96, according to Arsenal's official website.

The towering center back has been largely absent from recent Arsenal sides due to the battle for center back positions between Mertesacker, Vermaelen, and Koscielny, with the latter two getting the majority of the play time.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Targets Comprehensive Win Over Swansea, Djourou Leaves, No Bids for Zaha yet, Laudrup Wary of Walcott Threat and More

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Wenger Targets Win Over Swansea for PL Benefits

Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal players to prepare themselves up for upcoming league clashes with Manchester City and Chelsea by thrashing Swansea City in their FA Cup tie on Sunday.

You Misunderstood Us, Boss

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Nitpicking Arsene Wenger's comments is not what I love to do because he's hardly the most frank person you would find in the world. It would probably be a good test subject for the world of psychology. So many interpretation of what he actually meant but no one could ever be sure apart from the manager himself.

Backpage Roundup: Djourou Wanted By Hannover, Walcott Close to Signing New Deal, Holtby to Leave Schalke, Arsenal Target Dreaming of Man United Move and More

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Djourou Wanted By Hannover

Arsenal outcast Johan Djourou is a January transfer target for Hannover 96, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

The Swiss centre-half isn't considered an integral part of coach Arsene Wenger's first-team squad anymore and has played just two senior matches for the club so far this season.

Djourou closes in on Arsenal exit as Walcott talks continue

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Johan Djourou looks set to leave Arsenal during the January transfer window after it was revealed...

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Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Poised to Sign New Deal: The Daily EPL

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One of the very few bright spots in Arsenal's season thus far is about to sign a new contract at the London club. Jack Wilshere, who recently returned from injury but still isn't 100%, is set to sign a contract, which will hopefully encourage other Arsenal employees to renew their contracts too — namely Theo Walcott and manager Arsene Wenger.

Has Djourou played his last game for Arsenal?

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Johan Djourou has been at Arsenal since he joined as a 16-year old in 2003. The Swiss international has, at times, benn a very important player for the Gunners, and was assured that he still had a role to play by Arsene Wenger this summer. Recent rumours and reports linking the 25-yeat old defender with a move to Serie A in Italy, whether on loan or permanently seem to signal the end of his time at the Emirates, and there is something that underlines that possibility with a very bold line.

Projected Arsenal lineup and Preview against Reading in Capital One Battle

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Moments ago Arsenal.com released the 18-man squad that will be for Arsene Wenger to pick from in tonight's Capital One clash with fellow English Premier League club, Reading FC at the Madejski Stadium. The complete list is as follows:

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6 Laurent Koscielny
12 Olivier Giroud
14 Theo Walcott
18 Sebastien Squillaci
20 Johan Djourou
22 Francis Coquelin
23 Andrey Arshavin
25 Carl Jenkinson
26 Emmanuel Frimpong
29 Marouane Chamakh
36 Damian Martinez (GK)
40 Hector Bellerin
46 Thomas Eisfeld
47 Serge Gnabry
53 Jernade Meade
54 Ignasi Miquel
60 James Shea (GK)
64 Nico Yennaris

The talented Arsenal youth are prevalent throughout the selection while stars Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta all get a deserved rest after three tough fixtures in the past week against Norwich, Schalke 04 and Queens Park Rangers.

Newcastle eyeing Arsenal defender Johan Djourou

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Newcastle have joined the race to sign out-of-favour Arsenal defender Johan Djourou in the January...

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Arsenal Centre-Back On Newcastle’s List Of Seven

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CalcioMercato are today reporting the news that Newcastle United may be interested in Arsenal's 25 year-old Swiss defender Johan Djourou. Johan Djourou - surplus to requirements at Arsenal Johan Djourou joined Arsenal back in 2004, and made his debut for the club against Manchester City in October of 2004.

Djourou’s agent – No contact with Napoli….yet!

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The swiss international defender Johan Djourou spends more time playing for his country than he does for Arsenal, and his international manager told him in the summer that his place could be in jeopardy if he doesn't start playing regularly for his club and if Arsenal won't play him then he should move to another team to get more game time.

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou being targeted by AS Roma for January Raid

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Johan Djourou of Arsenal FC (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Johan Djourou has been in and out of the Arsenal line-up for the better part of the past several seasons. However, after the addition of Per Mertesacker last season and the general use of Laurent Koscielny as the third center half when needed he has appeared no more than a bit part player.

Arsenal defender linked with January transfer to Italy

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The news that one of Arsenal's defenders could be the subject of a transfer to Serie A in Italy could be better and it could be worse. It is not Koscielny, Mertesacker or Vermaelen, so that is a great relief. On the other hand, it is not Sebastien `the Squid` Squillachi so that's very disappointing.

Arsenal v. Chelsea LiveBlog!

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Morning all, I've successfully logged in at the ex-pat pub miles from my house. We are live and running. Look forward to your comments.

Lineup:

Starters: Vito Mannone, Carl Jenkinson, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen (c), Keiran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby; Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho.

Djourou admits he could leave Arsenal

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'I want to play more' Djourou by TS

Its not something new that Johan Djourou has found himself relegated to fourth choice centreback at Arsenal. With the likes of Koscielny, Mertesacker and Vermaelen showing exceptional form, it seems as if Djourou's only chance of football this season will be in the League Cup or if players are dropped through injury.

Should Arsenal take Hangeland on a free next summer?

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Fulham's big defender brede Hangeland has been linked with Arsenal for many years, but since then Arsene Wenger has brought in Thomas Vermaelen (now captain), Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, leaving the Swiss Johan Djourou as the odd man out in a brilliant foursome, with many Arsenal fans begging Wenger to sell him this summer.

No Koscielny in Arsenal squad for Coventry

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Arsene Wenger has named his 18-man squad fro the third round of the Capital One cup against Coventry City tonight. The main surprise, for me, is that Laurent Koscielny is not included. The French international central defender has been unable to get his place back to due to the excellent form of Per Mertesacker.

What Arsenal team will Wenger pick to face Coventry?

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The wonderful Capital One Cup tie against Coventryis coming up tomorrow and Arsene Wenger will have the chance to give a run-out to some of Arsenal's reserves and youngsters, but we don't want him to put out a team that may be beaten as it is still a possible trophy at the end of the day.

I am certain that Andrei Arshavin will figure in this game, because if he doesn't then we will know for sure his career at Arsenal is over completely.

World Cup

The Daily Poll.

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Argentina vs Switzerland.If the Swiss pick Ponderous and Djourou as their central defenders this could get very nasty. Given the outstanding attacking talent of Argentina they should stroll this game but I thought that of Germany! The Argies haven't hit their straps as yet but they have such a superb side they surely must at some stage in the competition.

The Daily Poll.

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Argentina vs Switzerland.If the Swiss pick Ponderous and Djourou as their central defenders this could get very nasty. Given the outstanding attacking talent of Argentina they should stroll this game but I thought that of Germany! The Argies haven't hit their straps as yet but they have such a superb side they surely must at some stage in the competition.

The Daily Poll.

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Argentina vs Switzerland.If the Swiss pick Ponderous and Djourou as their central defenders this could get very nasty. Given the outstanding attacking talent of Argentina they should stroll this game but I thought that of Germany! The Argies haven't hit their straps as yet but they have such a superb side they surely must at some stage in the competition.

Yaya Sanogo

Came drifting in …

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Writing this column in the summer can be a precarious undertaking. Whereas the football season provides a rigorously scheduled calendar of events, the summer is a little more haphazard in terms of its timeline. This time last year I spent a balmy Wednesday lunch break drafting a piece on Arsenal's involvement in Euro 2012.

Sanogo signs, Djourou leaves, Bender bid rejected

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It happened! It finally happened!

We made a signing. Sure, it might not have been the 'world class' £20m+ star everyone was hoping for, but it's something. And after so long waiting for anything to happen we should embrace it.

Yaya Sanogo is officially an Arsenal player. Not that it's any surprise, the announcement was inevitable, and we were simply waiting for his contract with Auxerre to expire on June 30th.

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Sunderland preview: three points a must

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Morning all,

it's Sunderland in the Premier League today, a game which we need to take three points from, and one that has proved difficult in seasons past.

The team news is mixed. Arsene Wenger is hopeful that Laurent Koscielny will be fit after limping out of France's midweek game against Germany, but with Thomas Vermaelen definitely ruled out with an ankle problem then it highlights how we're living on the edge a bit in terms of central defenders.

Coventry preview: a mixed-up motivated team

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Morning all. Still raining. Ugh.

There's football tonight though as we play Coventry in the Poetic Anal Cup, and the manager is set to ring the changes as you'd expect. As well as giving some youngsters a chance of first team action, there'll be some senior, experienced players in there who haven't yet featured this season.

The Rest

My head feels like this

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Mrs Blogs sometimes complains that I mangle language and invent words to suit my own purposes. Perhaps more than anyone she should know that I would be suffering a touch of the *boilk* this morning, having witnessed me consume most of the Maker's Mark in the world last night.

So when I declared my brain felt 'crumpened', she suggested, not unreasonably I guess, that I use actual words to describe how I'm feeling rather than make them up myself.

I refuse to talk to my family!

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These truly are the dark days of pre season. The Champions League Final and Football League playoff finals are done and dusted. The first checkpoints of the summer – the release of next season's fixtures and the season review DVD – are some three weeks away. Even the dried crust that is the Confederations Cup doesn't start until June 15th.

Magic selling, Djourou and paywalls

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There is, despite the Interlull finishing on Tuesday, still nothing much going on.

This is because the players will have returned from their travels yesterday. Dr Nick will say Hi and put them in his patented Medichecker3000 to see if they've got any aches and strains, and then report back to Arsene Wenger regarding who will be available for the game against Reading.

Luuk de Jong strikes Borussia Mönchengladbach past Hannover

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Match in a sentence Luuk de Jong's solitary goal in the first half was enough to see Die Fohlen squeak past 10-man Hannover at Borussia-Park. Analysis Lucien Favre decided to field his side in a 4-4-1-1 with Luuk de Jong leading the line and Amin Younes behind him. Juan Arango and Patrick Herrmann played on [.

A morning visitor

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What an odd morning.

I woke up to the dog barking and somebody knocking on the back door. This is unusual for a couple of reasons because most of the time people who call knock at the front door and even if they do they don't do so at 7am. Naturally I was suspicious.

I had a look out and saw a tall, imposing figure carrying what looked like some kind of futuristic weapon.

Transfer window: more outs than ins right now

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So the transfer window is open and everyone is anxiously awaiting the first new arrival. This is the point where I say I'm not going to hold my breath because, well, if experience has taught us anything it's that trying to hold your breath for 28 days is a task that not even David Blane should attempt (although I do think he should attempt it, the annoying twat).