Posted on Tuesday, 29th May 2012 by Taaza
Johan Djourou has had a tough time at Arsenal for sometime now. The Swiss defender hasn’t really established himself as a proper first-team player who, in truth, only played when someone else was injured.
The 25-year-old made just 14 Premier League starts last season, and when he did play it often highlighted his poor defensive traits.
Djourou of course did have some good games. But those games were very far apart.
For me, Djourou is just not a good enough defender. Simple as that.
But Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is convinced that the centre-back’s inconsistency is down to a lack of regular game time at The Emirates Stadium. In my honest opinion, Hitzfeld is delusional.
Hitzfeld fears for Djourou’s national team chances and has urged him to consider his Arsenal future if he wants to continue being part of the Switzerland set up. The German also believes that the move may give him a better chance of playing in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers for the Swiss.
He was quoted on ESPN Soccernet saying:
‘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.’
So, should he leave? Yes he should.
He clearly won’t get any better at Arsenal and both Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen are rock solid when together in the centre of the back four. Djourou isn’t good enough to displace either of them. To make matters worse for the Swiss international, Per Mertesacker is fit and able to play, and we all know how good Per is.
It kooks like it will be an uphill battle for a starting role for Johan. Despite this, Djourou still signed a new contract keeping him at Arsenal until 2015 before the season concluded.
To conclude, he’s inconsistent and his decision-making is bordering on terrible. Sell him for whatever, as long as it’s for a reasonable price. Juventus are reportedly interested in him. We could then use this potential fee as a signing on bonus for some of our players whose contracts are running down, like Theo Walcott, Alex Song or Robin van Persie.
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