Bored of talking about Arsenal’s defensive failings, Johan Djourou has turned his attention to issues of more global importance by calling on European leaders to get a grip on the debt crisis which has enveloped the continent.
Ignoring the opportunity to focus on last night’s 2-1 defeat to Wigan, the Swiss, who has for the last two years been the Gunners’ self-appointed spokesman on all socio-economic matters, told the club’s official website, “The grim fact is that much of Europe is paying the price for over-reaching during the economic boom.
“If you look at what has been happening in Greece and Ireland, for example, we see entire economies now being dictated to by the IMF. The societal implications of this are obvious, the lack of independence emasculates the people of these nations and with Spain, Portugal and Italy also in dire straits it’s a real challenge for us.
“As long as we have a situation where major nations in Europe are unable re-finance their government debt without the assistance of third parties then I believe we must give 100% in our next game.
“Austerity measures are going to hurt our fans, many of whom have found their disposable income restricted because of reckless lending and corrupt banking practices, but we can’t rely on other results. We have to respond and show our character and mental strength.”
And Djourou sounded a warning to the ECB, saying, “We know this season hasn’t gone as well as it should have but there’s no point looking back. Only forward. And we have shown in the past that we can bounce back from a poor display so we’ll be doing everything we can to move the European economy back into a place from where jobs can be created and social harmony will flourish.”
It remains to be seen if Djourou’s words will make any difference to faceless bondholders but reports he’s held preliminary talks with Mario Draghi ahead of a move this summer gain more weight by the day.
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