The Swiss centre-back has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium since the start of the summer, as he currently finds himself way down the pecking order behind Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker of the Gunners defence.
Switzerland national team boss Ottmar Hitzfeld recently advised Djourou to leave North London to try to boost his chances of playing for his country, however, the player isn’t so keen on the idea.
“Naturally. [Hitzfeld] wants his players to be able to get game time at their respective clubs. I understand that completely,” Djourou told blick.ch.
When asked if he thought he should move clubs, he responded: “No.
“Arsenal have chosen to extend my contract because they’re counting on me.
“I did have a bad spell. However, I’m convinced that I will get another another chance and that I will grab that chance.”
Reports had claimed that Napoli were in talks to sign Djourou.
As the team’s longest-serving player, I would rule out Djourou staying with Arsenal.
Wenger seems to like him and, despite a dodgy campaign last year, he is capable of being a very good defender.
He has a great blend of power and strength mixed with speed and agility which is crucial in the Premier League.
However, I can’t see him getting ahead of three centre-backs mentioned above and if the club decides to draft another defender in, then that will probably signal the end of Johan Djourou’s love affair with Arsenal.
The £6.3m figure that is being mentioned isn’t a bad fee for a 25-year-old, fourth-choice centre-back, so you couldn’t blame the Gunners for accepting a offer like that.
As much as you like the guy from his ‘Arsenal Insider’ videos that are found on the official website, and below, if it is good business for the club then I’m afraid he must go.