Djourou to Djermany: This Time Permanently?

Look, I know he can't play, but how awesome would this be? Pacy down the wing! - Getty Images

In a move that should surprise nobody, Arsenal seem keen to be shot of Johan Djourou.

Johan Djourou spent the second half of last season with Hanover, after Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements in London. He did pretty well there - I didn't follow him, but Hanover seemed pretty happy with his play, and now that has been parlayed into interest in a season-long loan. Arsenal would rather sell Djourou and get him off the books, and this is where the words "Johan Djourou" and "bidding war" coexist in a way you probably never thought they would - Hanover has expressed interest in a year-long loan spell, but another club, Hamburg, is keen on Johan and is open to the possibility of buying him outright.

Djourou's a useful player who never really found a role at Arsenal; I have no doubt he could go to Germany and do a job for whoever decides they like him enough to take him on permanently.

And with that, the summer clearout starts to gain some momentum; Arshavin, Squillaci, and Denilson gone, Djourou probably out, Bendtner hopefully next, and there's still a few weeks until preseason starts. Say one thing for Arsenal's summers, they're rarely boring.

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