Arsenal defender Johan Djourou out of chances at The Emirates looks at Johan Djourou's career at Arsenal, and his possible departure from The Emirates

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Johan Djourou has made 18 Premier League appearances this season Photo: The Sport Review

Johan Djourou

Johan Djourou is on his way out of Arsenal this summer, according to the Switzerland international’s agent Flavio Ferraria.

The 25-year-old only signed a new deal at Arsenal in February, which is due to run until 2015, but after starting just 15 Premier League games this season and having fallen down the pecking order behind Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, he wants to leave.

The Swiss international, 25, made his debut for Arsenal eight years ago, and strangely, as he has matured in the Gunners’ first-team, so his performances have gone backwards as a result.

He is reportedly earning £60,000 per week, which is quite staggering considering his recent disappointing displays.

If Arsenal had missed out on a Champions League spot this season, some of the blame would have been placed on Djourou after some very below-par showings in an Arsenal shirt.

In 2010-2011, he started 20 games for Arsenal in the absence of the injured Vermaelen, and barring a comical display in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham, and a terrible performance against Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season, he looked quite good.

This season, however, he appears to have gone backwards. Of course, his performances have not been helped by being continually played out of position at right-back in the absence of Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna.

Djourou struggled in Arsenal’s loss at Manchester City before Christmas – he was holding his groin just before half-time but the Gunners needed him to persevere and see the 90 minutes through.

Instead, he lasted just two minutes after half-time, prompting a huge defensive reorganisation involving the inexperienced Ignasi Miquel coming on to mark David Silva.

It’s difficult to imagine Lee Dixon or Nigel Winterburn ever asking to leave the fray with a minor knock and calling on a reserve team player to step up instead against the Premier League’s best team.

He was humiliated at The Emirates by Nani against Manchester United, prompting Wenger to withdraw him at half-time and replace him with the inexperienced Nico Yennaris, who incidentally tamed the Portuguese winger immediately unlike his more seasoned first-team colleague.

And finally, with Arsenal leading 1-0 at Fulham just after Christmas with only eight minutes remaining, Djourou was needlessly red carded, which led to Arsenal shipping two late goals and losing the game.

His agent claims five clubs are interested in the Swiss international defender, including Napoli, with a figure of approximately £7m being discussed.

It’s time he moved on – and hopefully Napoli will be successful in their move for the defender.

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