Arsenal has anounced that giant Swiss defender Johan Djourou has signed a new long-term contract.
Though he has been with the club for 5 years his injury afflicted season following a loan spell at Birmingham restricted him to just two outings last season. So far this season he has made twice as many already with four appearances, including one as an emergency right back substitute against Bolton at the weekend, following an injury to Gael Clichy. He seems set to get a game in the Carling Cup against Sheffield United.
Selecting him for the CL qualifiers against FC Twente Wenger said “He had an unsuccessful season last year because he was injured at Birmingham. It took him a while to get back, nearly until the end of the season.
“But don’t forget he is still only 21 and for a central defender that is very young. And he has already had many appearances in Europe.”
This summer he expressed his discontent with the failure of the previous Swiss national team manager, Kobi Kuhn, to select him for any of the European Championship games this summer but has had more luck with the new man, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has used him in the world cup qualifiers while Senderos has been injured.
With Senderos out on a season long loan, which may eventually become a permanent move, Djourou now has a real chance to stake his claim to a starting place in a central defense which isn’t among the tallest in the premier league.
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