Dec 31

Djourou closes in on Arsenal exit as Walcott talks continue

Johan Djourou looks set to leave Arsenal during the January transfer window after it was revealed Hannover 96 are interested in the Swiss defender.

Djourou has struggled to get a look-in at the Emirates Stadium this season, making only two appearances for Arsene Wenger’s men, and has also been linked with a move to Italian giants Napoli.

The 25-year-old, who is earning around £50,000-a-week, has not yet played a minute of Premier League action this campaign and is considered fourth choice central defender behind Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Bundesliga side Hannover are chasing Europa League qualification this season and their manager Jörg Schmadtke believes Djourou can help bolster their defensive options alongside the signing of Serbian centre back Gojko Kacar.

Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is determined to ship out fringe players Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin next month in an attempt to boost the club’s coffers even further during the January window.

Negotiations remain ongoing between Arsenal officials and Theo Walcott’s agent Colin Gordon, with the Englishman out of contract at the end of the season and yet to put pen to paper on a five-year extension.

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11 Responses to “Djourou closes in on Arsenal exit as Walcott talks continue”

  1. pete says:

    sign the ting!!!

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  2. GoonerDave says:

    If Walcott leaves, then something is very rotten at Arsenal. If our financially prudent board are willing to let an asset worth tens of millions walk away over 10-15K a week, answers are going to have to be provided.
    Enough is enough. We all know deep down Theo would have signed already if he was going to. Hes gone, and this time its a young and improving player, who has stated his desire to stay.
    Why would any board of any company let this situation develop, not once – but annually!
    Something smells fishy to me.

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  3. Silenstan says:

    So why the hell did Wenger give him a new contract then never play him. Wasted millions

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  4. @Silenstan: Djourou activated a clause which triggered his extension, the club didn’t actively offer him one.

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  5. Abiso says:

    Arsenal are stupid if they let theo leave the club

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  6. gunner17 says:

    walcott has already been tapped up. his agent has already done a deal with another club. it’s probably city or chelses, the scum.

    colin gordon’s email address is on the internet if you want to let him know what you think!

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  7. rooben says:

    Walcott is happy at Arsenal.he wants his wages to be raised, fair enough. It is obvious that the board must do something about that. Sell those deadwood and some money. Wallcott wants to play as centre forward, Wenger has given him the opportunity to do so. everybody can see the result. So why not stay. Those who have left regret now althogh they won t admit. Henry is a perfect example. Mr gordon, I know u want the best deal for Walcott. Believe me staying at Arsenal is the best.through him Arsenal will progress and he will benefit more that inanother club. So beware. Wallcott place is at Arsenal.Elsewhere would be nighmare for him.

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  8. ST says:

    I doubt Djourou earns 50k a week.

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  9. king marcs says:

    If Wallcot leaves Arsenal Wenger and entire board are a shame big big shame to futbol

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  10. Backpagebanter says:

    We have to keep hold of Walcott just for fear of him going to one of our rivals and continuing his rich vein of scoring form. It’s still hard to say if it is money or where he will play. I suspect it is a bit of both so we should be able to guarantee both.

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  11. Scorcher says:

    I dont personally dislike Djourou as a man but hate him as a footballer for Arsenal. I also dont have no where near as much money as Arsenal , Hannover or Napoli but I would pay for his plane ticket to leave Arsenal and go to any team interested

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