Johan Djourou today claimed he could leave Arsenal this summer after growing frustrated at a lack of first-team football.
The 25-year-old started just 14 Premier League games last season after the Gunners signed Per Mertesacker to compete with Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at centre-back.
He signed a new deal in February to tie him to the club until 2015 but is now considering his future with a loan move another possible option. “My situation at Arsenal is not easy,” he told a Swiss website. “I’ve never played so little and especially not in my own position. If an interesting offer comes, I’ll look at it carefully.”
Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld believes a transfer may be necessary to ensure he retains his place in the national side.
He said: “If he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.”
Arsene Wenger is likely to be reluctant to allow Djourou to leave given his desire to keep four first-team centre-backs at the club and is looking to strengthen other areas.
Sources insist Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila is not under serious consideration due to concerns about his off-field behaviour. He was arrested earlier this month for allegedly punching a 17-year-old.
Please Arsene, get Vertonghen in.
Then we will have the best choice of CB's in the league as far as I can see.