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Wenger Continues To Offload ‘Deadwood’ As Defender Completes Bundesliga Move

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continued to trim his squad with defender Johan Djourou joining German outfit Hannover 96 on loan until the end of the season.

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Johan Djourou is off to Hannover 96.

Johan Djourou

Arsene Wenger has continued to offload some of the so-called ‘deadwood’ from his squad after confirmed defender Johan Djourou has joined German outfit Hannover 96 on loan until the end of the season.

Djourou has only made 2 appearances for the first team this season – captaining the side to wins over Coventry and Reading in the Capital One Cup – and he hasn’t got near the first team in the league or champions league, so it’s clear he’s not in boss Arsene Wenger’s plans.

A move away from the club is best for all parties and Arsenal confirmed on their official website on Saturday afternoon that the 25-year-old have sealed a move to the Bundesliga outfit.

Djourou as been an excellent servant to Arsenal during his eight-and-a-half-years with the club – making 144 appearances during that time – and has shown his versatility having to play out-of-position at right back on several occasions last season.

I remember he was arguably our best centre-back during the 2010/11 season when he started a career-high 20 Premier League games as well as 6 in the champions league. But he’s never really been given a run of games in recent seasons and his confidence has been dented by some poor displays last year.

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Hopefully Djourou will resurrect his career in Germany but I don’t think he’ll ever make it at the Emirates and a permanent move in the summer is likely.

With Chamakh also completing a loan move to West Ham on Friday, that’s two high earners off the wage bill and two spaces that can, and need to be, filled in the squad this month. I feel we need a striker and a versatile defender as well as a ball-winning central midfielder, so hopefully Arsene is off-loading the ‘deadwood’ before concentrating on strengthening the squad with some quality additions.

Who would you like to see Wenger sign this month? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Mark Appleyard

    January 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Without a doubt I would love gervinho to go, definitely one of the most inconsistent to ever wear an arsenal shirt, a one dimensional predictable waste of space in my opinion.

    • atid

      January 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Played out on the left gervinho is a drcent enough back up certainly ahead of arshavin who just seems to have given up his career even refusing a move to reading who are russian owned and planned to link him with a fellow russian in pobrynak or however u spell it. i would like to see walcott now get what he wants plus the signing of david villa. if we can manage to offload arshavin perhaps we could still find room for lopez or isco. i think miquel will now get a few more chances and only if we offload santos and squillaci will more defenders be added. hopefully yanga-mbwia will come in whilst i am quite happy to give jernade meade a chance to deputise for gibbs if we dobt sign leighton baines. as for the holding midfield. i cant see too much wrong with the developing partnership of arteta and wilshire. the back up at present to that is coquelin and ramsey whilst frimping and diaby offer as further back up albeit from the treatment table. i also happen to think that yennaris and aneke would make a formidable pair as another option. if however mvila is to be added to those options or preferably etienne capoue that would be very satisfying.

      • archer2870

        January 6, 2013 at 7:50 am

        So we should just buy everyone then?
        Villa may have 2 good years left. Lopez, at 24 is a much better option. While he may not have achieved as much as Villa yet. Sign him to a 5 year contract and he’ll grow. M’Vila would free up Wilshere and Carzola to create more and Arteta could rotate in to the attacking midfield. His contributions haven’t been fantastic this year. I will be happy if Arsene signs Lopez and M’Vila while re-signing Theo Walcott. I can see that team finishing in the top four. I hope for everyone’s sake that Gervinho has a good ACN tournament and comes back with some confidence.

  2. gbemy

    January 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t no why you all think like this, now layers are going out no one is coming in. I will be here laugh every one of you when injuries started to come out. And you all no your defense how injury prone they can be. let remind you again we only have Grt Matasa, shaken Tvs, and mr own goal Cos. When one of them is injure we have no one to cover up. But I tell you what ? I don’t see how Tvs is better off Djuorou overall what he has played this season.

  3. Afrogunner

    January 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Arsenal always kill players.
    Fan asked get rid of
    Van Persie
    Our players become when they rise against wenger. The media just control the brains of the fans.
    You cannot win with nice football, no english spine, kids, selling players, buying big

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