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Arsenal Defender Set To Move On

Emirates Stadium bit-part player set to leave North London club.

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Arsenal defender Johan Djourou looks set to end his eight year association with the club this summer.

According to TalkSport, the Swiss centre-back will hold showdown talks with Arsene Wenger at the end of the season to discuss his future with a move away very much on the cards.

The 26-year-old joined Bundesliga side Hannover 96 on loan in January and he has slotted in well there. The club are also reported to be interesting in turning the loan into a permanent move and will contact Arsenal to see if a deal can be struck.

Djourou, who has 38 caps for the Swiss national team once scored a winner against Spain during the 2010 World Cup to inflict the only defeat of the tournament on the eventual winners.

Arsene Wenger once had high hopes for Djourou too, as did the fans, having first made his breakthrough in 2004 he went on to make 144 appearances for the North Londoners, scoring once. A brief loan spell at Birmingham City in the 2007/08 season only seemed to confirm what a highly rated and capable star Arsenal had on their hands.

But things haven’t quite panned out for him as he lost form and fell behind in the pecking order to more and more of his managers high profile defensive signings.

Djourou has made seven appearance for Hannover since joining in January.


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