Johan Djourou deserves better – should he leave Arsenal this summer?

Over the next few weeks and probably until the new season begins, the ‘day to day’ posts here on Highbury House will be shorter.

There is little news in the closed season and we don’t want to batter the contracts situation to death, what is the point?

We will hear soon enough whether or not our captain and Walcott are staying for a few more seasons.

So what about those going?

Nice Guy……

Johan Djourou has been with us so long, it feels like he should be heading towards retirement rather than anything else yet he is still just 25 years old and heading towards his prime, but he can’t get into our starting eleven.


Sadly, because he is not good enough!

The season before last, in my opinion, he played some of his best football, he was solid in defence alongside either Squillaci or Kosceinly and seldom did he do much wrong, in fact I believe we didn’t lose a game with him in defence for a long period of time, but then injury struck and since that day, he has been very average.

Being asked to play at right back earlier this season just gone didn’t help his cause, in fact I think it all but destroyed him. He had a shocker at Stamford Bridge and but for woeful finishing by Chelsea, he alone could and would have been to blame for a few goals.

Djourou is a Swiss International, yet he featured only minutes for them a couple of nights ago against Germany, some may say he’s being kept back for the main competition but surely, he needs playing time as he hasn’t had that for his club.

Johan has started just 14 Premier League games this season, surely that cannot be enough to keep him happy?

That answer has to be No, not if he wants to play the game he loves and he wants to make sure he represents his country!

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld feels the same:

For Djourou, the question arises of a transfer,if he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.

He seems a really good guy, a nice guy who loves Arsenal but we aren’t playing him, so just maybe he deserves better.

So what do you all think, should he stay and just sit on the bench and pick up his wage, or is it time he moved on for the sake of his own career, a career that really could take off if he played week in week out?

That’s it for today, have a good one all…..

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