Date: 25th July 2007 at 7:08pm
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Birmingham City are still interested in taking one of Arsenal’s brightest young talents on a season-long loan.

The blue half of Brum first showed an interest as last season drew to an end. It did seem as though their interest had died down, but Steve Bruce was quoted in todays edition of The Sun as saying that he is still interested in the services of the 20-year-old.

Manager Steve Bruce was quoted in The Sun as saying: ‘I have not spoken to Arsenal for a while about Djourou but I’ll see where we are.

‘We are still hopeful something can be done.’

It seems unlikely that Arsenal will be prepared to let the youngster go out on loan with the African Cup Of Nations likely to deprive Arsenal of Kolo Toure and Manu Eboue.

That said, Djourou was withdrawn from Arsenal’s pre-season friendly with Salzburg at the last minute.

We’ll see…


34 Replies to “Bruce: We Still Want Djou, Johan”

  • We really can’t afford to let him go on loan, whether Senderos is leaving or not. He’s a great defender and will be needed this season when Toure goes to the ACN.

  • If Big Phill stays, when Toure goes on ACN duty, we’ll still only have Gallas, Phill and Djourou. IF Gallas gets injured, and Senderos gets sent off, we’ll have 1 CB…

  • There is Sagna, but if Wenger’s comments yesterday are to be believed then Sagna will be playing RB next season, with Eboue playing in midfield.

  • Not a good idea IMO. The experience will probably do him a world of good, but the squad will be a little thin, as simmo said. I think he will get a few starts this season, enough not to let him go on loan.

  • prits, i don’t think they’re our feeder club, more a case that Bruce probably thinks if he can get a few more of our youngsters on loan, that he’ll stand a good chance of signing 60% of them if he does… »»Arsene Knows««

  • Our squad is too thin to even contemplate this. Plus, I think Djourou has shown he has what it takes to stay at Arsenal without a loan spell.

  • Agee twice LD. Djourou looks awesome at CB and has shown he is more than capable of standing in at RB or in CM. I agree that he should stay because he’s third choice ahead of Big Phill now, so he’s bound to get some games, espically when King Kolo shoots off for 6 weeks. And who could forget THAT bit of skill against Reading…;-)

  • If Toure and Eboue go to ACN and Gallas and Big Phil get shot off, we still have Johan at CB, Sagna at RB or CB since Hoyte can play RB, we’ve still got Mattew Connolly in the reserves, James Dunne can also take part. (Nordtviet maybe???)

  • stukazufuss – Connolly has been sent on loan to Colchester, but O’Cearuill is back after a season’s loan, I think. Nordtveit is just too soon, he will have to play regularly in the youth and reserve teams before even thinking of a 1st team place.

  • don’t worry prits, i know you were writing that with a wry smile firmly etched on your mouth 🙂 »»Arsene Knows««

  • I think the player wouldnt want to leave the club unless he is forced to do so and he has done well so far. KEEP HIM!!!!

  • This must be false, we dont have a big enough squad to be letting players go left right and centre. We needed to buy this summer and instead we have sold alot of players, surely we cant be considering letting these two top class young swiss defenders leave. We need to buy at least 3-4 more players for next season.

  • Now I’m sure you guy’s didn’t think you were going to get away with last night performance with being slagged, no Gilberto/Fabregas and you do not look anywhere near as competent (couldn’t bring myself to say “anywhere near as good”) Da Silva looked off the pace as well

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