Following ‘advice’ from his national team coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Johan Djourou has admitted life at Arsenal isn’t ‘easy’ and that he’d be willing to consider other clubs should the right offer be made.
At the weekend Hitzfeld said that Djourou needed to be playing regularly to ensure he was picked for Switzerland, and the big Swiss says that he’d have to think about leaving.
“My situation at Arsenal is not easy,” he’s quoted as saying in 20min.ch, “I’ve never played so little, and especially not in my own position.”
With the arrival of Per Mertesacker and the emergence of Laurent Koscielny into a first team regular, Djourou found himself shunted out to right back at times where he struggled.
Those performances seemed to stain the perception of him, perfectly good ones at centre-half were duly ignored, and after nearly 10 years at the club it seems he’s got a decision to make about his future career.
Despite having a contract until 2015, he says, “If an interesting offer comes, I’ll look at it for sure.”
Whether Arsene Wenger will be willing to let go the player he famously refused to mention by name when he was a youth at the club so as not to alert other clubs to his potential remains to be seen, and maybe it’d be nice to see a player stay and fight for a place rather than take the easy option.
If he does go it’d be a crying shame that we never got a ‘Metal Djourou, is it you?‘ chant going too.