Johan Djourou’s loan move to Hannover has been completed.
The Swiss international will play with the Bundesliga side until the end of the season having fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal. He had more or less established himself as one of the first choice centre-halves, but injury and a massive loss of form – not helped by being played out of position at right back – have seen his chances limited in recent times.
He did not appear once in the Premier League this season – making just two league cup appearances – and with Koscielny, Vermaelen and Mertesacker fighting it out for two places was always going to struggle to get back into the side.
He has made a total of 144 appearances for the club and fans will be hoping that his departure is a prelude to a new arrival. If not it means an injury here, a suspension there, and Arsene Wenger has little choice but to select the even more out of favour Sebastian Squillaci.
Assuming he doesn’t go himself which isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. All a bit weird. Anyway, good luck to him out there.