Johan Djourou’s move to Hamburg is complete.
The Swiss defender underwent a medical at the Bundesliga club this morning and will stay at the Imtech Arena for the duration of the 2013-14 season.
There is a purchase option reported in the deal, said to be around £2.5m. The deal means that Djourou’s Arsenal career is over, for all intents and purposes.
He joined the club from second division Étoile Carouge in 2004, and was so highly rated by Arsene Wenger that he refused to name the player in interviews to avoid hype and potential interest from other clubs.
Having established himself quite well in the first team, so much so that he had a remarkable record of not being on a losing Arsenal side for over 40 games, things started to go downhill when he injured his shoulder in the madcap 4-4 draw against Newcastle.
After that his form dipped, then dipped a bit more, before dipping again and then plunging after being forced into action as an emergency right back.
German football now gives him a chance to get his career back on track, so good luck to him out there.