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Monday, May 26, 2008

Djourou: "I want to play in midfield"

By Aries

It seems that Johan Djourou is plagued with bad luck this year.

First he was sent by Arsene Wenger on loan to Birmingham so as to get much needed experience of the Premier League.

But Birmingham really struggled throughout and Djourou had to play under extreme pressure trying to keep the team out of the relegation zone.

You might say this was good education for the young lad but it was then followed with his recall back to Arsenal in January.

This was so as to replace some of the gaps left by the Ivorians Toure and Eboue and Cameroon’s Alex Song who were called up on international duty in the Africa Nations Cup.

Djourou, speaking to the Swiss press today, revealed that Wenger assured him that he would get significant game time under his belt on his return.

“When I returned from Birmingham, he assured me that I will get important game time. But I got injured in the first match against Tottenham in the League Cup on January 9".

Indeed he only managed to start one game during which his battle hardened body gave in when he got injured in that fateful Carling Cup semifinal heavy defeat at White Hart Lane.

Now in Geneva getting ready for the forthcoming Euro 2008 he seems to have accepted that he will not be first choice central defender alongside his team mate Philip Senderos.

This is because first choice Patrick Müller (of Lyon) who was expected to miss the tournament is back in the reckoning again.

He ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in early December of this year but has now made a remarkable recovery.

"A team shape emerged on Saturday. Without me. I must accept the choice of the coach”. I am kept out by Patrick Müller. But I also know how much the team needs him" Djourou said.

He went on to state his preference at what position he prefers to play his football.

"This is not a secret. In the future, I want to play in the middle of the pitch". But I am only 21 years old. I still have time before me".

"But my future is always at Arsenal. I owe everything to Arsène Wenger”.

Senderos: “I have nothing to be ashamed”


Anonymous said...

He is still pretty young and still has time to learn his trade,if he didn't get injured he could've possibly started the final few games like Song and showed his quality,hopefully next season he gets that chance. Good to know he is dedicated and appreciates Wenger unlike certain ice cream licking farm boys.

Anonymous said...

Who knows maybe he can become our long term holding midfielder although that seems unlikely because Song's the same age but has made vast improvements this year while Djourou hasn't, although Arsene did say that he played Song at CB for a reason.

Anonymous said...

I saw Djourou play in midfield away to Portsmouth in the last game of the 2006/7 Season and he was brilliant. He really looked like a Vieira in the making but has never had a chance to repeat this performance.

I have since seen him play that role a couple of times for the Reserves and it really looks his best position and I hope he gets the chance to build on that in the first team next season

I have been as critical of Wenger as anyone for not spending any of the cash mountain we fans have created for the club. However if the likes of Song, Djourou, Denilson, Bendtner, Diaby etc develop that bit more, then we really do have a strong squad, especially if Rosicky & Van Persie manage to stay off the treatment table for more than a couple of games at a go.
We do still need to sign a world class 'keeper and a monster centre-half though.

Anonymous said...

We should let Djourou go, he's afraid of his own shadow. As a center back he's afraid to tackle and runs from the ball, very shaky. Waste of time to let him play, we better let Nortdvit from the reserves somce chances this season.

As for Alex Song, he's not a center back, and the games he got proved that. His location is in center midfield, where he can go forward with the ball. Song's too short for a center back and doesn't know where to stand.

Anonymous said...

good player

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