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 [.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Serge Gnabry of Arsenal (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is being scouted by Roma according to reports in Insidefutbol. by AM Switzerland played their world cup qualification group match against Albania, which they 2-0. Arsenal defender Johan Djourou featured in the match and according to reports Roma's scouts were present in that match to watch Djourou and his team mate [.
The fourth-choice Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou was given a contract extension by Arsene Wenger at the end of last season, but was still linked with a move away this summer in search of regular first-team football after the Switzerland coach threatened to drop him if didn't play often. It seems that Wenger persuaded him to [.
One round of international completed and we're safe. Safe in the sense that there are no reports
of any of our players look to have suffered any injuries. In fact, it was a successful night of
football for some of our players. Getting on the scoresheet and so on.
Hello and good day to you all. We're just 2 days from another Arsenal
match and this time it will be a trip to Stoke, or as Arseblog likes to call it, Mordor. The last
time we won there was when Aaron Ramsey was brutally assaulted by a thug.
Yesterday, we talked about the goalkeeping situation. Today, we'll touch on the centre back
position. I won't be the first one to say it but I won't be the last either. Goals wins matches but
clean sheets or a tight defence wins championships. We conceded 49 goals in the league last season,
a number too high to even think about challenging for the title.
About time we get to enjoy this tour from the spectator standpoint
Hello and hope you're having a good day. Olympics, if that's your thing but if not, there's some
Arsenal today as well. That's in a little less than 3 hours now. Arsene Wenger will rather be more
focused on the match than the constant questioning over a Dutchman.
Given the fact that there has been a bit of a lull in the transfer market, well certainly from
an Arsenal point of view at least, I thought I would take the time to go through our team. Have a
look at the positions that I feel like we are strong in, those that we aren't so strong in, and
where and how we can strengthen the team.
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).
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.
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.
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 [.
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.
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.