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. â€śMy situation at Arsenal is not easy,â€ť he told a Swiss website. â€śIâ€™ve never played so little and especially not in my own position. If an interesting offer comes, Iâ€™ll look at it carefully.â€ť
Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld believes a transfer may be necessary to ensure he retains his place in the national side.
He said: â€śIf he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.â€ť
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 Mâ€™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.