Arsenal confirm Johan Djourou's Hamburg switch

Johan Djourou

After a couple of years away from the club on loan, Djourou has finally sealed a move away from Arsenal, linking up with Hamburg.

The Gunners have confirmed that Swiss defender Johan Djourou has permanently departed the club for Hamburg.

Despite spending over a decade on the books of the London side, the defender hasn't really been in Arsene Wenger's plans since the 2011-12 season.

And plenty of Arsenal fans will be happy to see the back of him, with early promise never really being fulfilled by the Ivory Coast-born centre back. That the club managed to receive a couple of million euros for him is some decent business.

Djourou has spent the last two seasons on loan in Germany, first with Hannover and then with Hamburg. Die Rothosen suffered a woeful campaign last season, narrowly avoiding relegation in a playoff game against Greuther Furth, though even then they had to rely on away goals to stay up.

The 27-year-old still managed to make 144 appearances for the Gunners, scoring his only goal in the infamous 4-4 draw with Newcastle United in 2011. Djourou also played as Arsenal lost to Birmingham City in the League Cup final later that year, dire defensive performances that likely convinced Wenger he wasn't good enough for the Premier League.

He has also put together 46 appearances for the national team, and was in the Swiss squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

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