Johan Djourou never stood a chance of regular first-team football at Arsenal this season. The reality is that at the age of 26 he has not managed to meet the grade necessary to be an Arsenal player since making his debut in 2004.
Of course that does not mean he is not a very talented footballer. His record of 40 appearances for the Swiss national team is testament to that fact. It simply means that in regards to fighting for Premier League titles; Djourou does not quite cut the mustard.
With his first-team opportunities limited he was allowed out on loan to Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga this January. The season-long deal did not include a buying option and since then his future has become even cloudier.
Djourou has stated publicly that he would prefer a permanent move out to Germany; where he is certainly receiving more first-team football than he was in North London.
But circumstances at the club have changed.
The director of football has changed and the first signing under the new man’s reign was Salif Sane; a centre-back from AS Nancy.
With that deal in mind the likelihood of a permanent move for Djourou looked like rapidly vanishing into thin air.
Hannover were baulking at the quoted price of €5 million and his wages had to increasingly decrease in order for a deal to be pushed through.
It looked as though Djourou would be making an unwanted return to The Emirates Stadium for another season of bench warming and League Cup action.
But there is apparently new life in this story.
According to Bild Hannover have not given up hope of signing the player - but only on a loan deal.
The team manager Dirk Dufner has admitted they cannot afford to sign him permanently but would be more than willing to take him on-loan for the full season on this occasion.
Djourou is also expected to report to pre-season training with Hannover and NOT Arsenal as he aims to push through the deal he so desperately desires.
Personally I hope he gets the move. Let’s face it; he was never up to the standard necessary at this level and at Hannover he may have found his, still very good, level to continue his professional football career.
Now it all depends on Arsenal and Hannover thrashing out the perfect deal for all three parties involved.
Do you think Djourou should be let go this summer?
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