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Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Moving Johan Djourou Would Be Right Move for Gunners

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 15:  Scott Sinclair of Swansea City takes on Johan Djourou of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been a busy man since the English Premier League season ended. The Gunners' have been attempting to convince superstar Robin van Persie to stay at Emirates. They  must also continue to focus on other moves. Getting rid of Johan Djourou would be a wise decision, for example.

The defender wasn't featured much during the campaign, and he has now started looking for potential escape routes in Italy and Spain, according to the Daily Mirror. According to the story, Flavio Ferraria, Djourou's agent, even went as far as to say that an offer has already been made.

"I saw my client the other day and he was enthusiastic about both Napoli and Italy in general. So far we have received an offer worth £10m.

"He wants to play for one of the top five Italian clubs."

Djourou has never been able to secure consistent playing time with the Gunners. That's mainly because the 25-year-old defender has never reached the potential many people saw in him when he first joined the senior team eight years ago.

He's been plagued by lackluster performances and for a team like Arsenal, which can't afford to give away any points during the season, that makes him a bad fit, despite his ideal size.

The Gunners have watched as other Premier League teams have either made big moves or have been linked to elite names on the transfer market. They can't afford to allow the talent gap to grow any larger, so any extra money Wenger can acquire will certainly help.

Considering how much Djourou has been used over the past few seasons, £10 million would be a more than fair offer for him. He's basically a depth piece at this point, and the Gunners have players who can fill his role if he were to leave.

Right now, the last thing Wenger should want is an unhappy player on the roster. Arsenal found some nice chemistry in the second half of the season, and it allowed them to move up the table into a Champions League spot for next season.

Djourou is clearly no longer happy with his role on the Gunners, so instead of allowing him to become a distraction, they should just move him. Whatever they get in return will be a bonus.

At this point, Arsenal needs to keep looking to the future, and it's become increasingly clear over the past few seasons that Djourou doesn't have a major role in it.

So, the Gunners should just take the best offer available after Djourou talks with interested teams, and then, Wenger can move on to more important matters in the coming months.

 

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