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Johan Djourou formed a very promising partnership with Laurent Koscielny last season for Arsenal in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen.
This season, however, he has looked a shadow of the player he was.
The player really started to tail off towards the end of last season as Arsenal struggled to maintain a grip on the Premier League title. This pre-season and leading into their season, he made a number of amateurish mistakes, more so evident in Arsenal’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Manchester United.
With Arsene Wenger on the search for a new centre back and Vermaelen and Koscielny already forming a good partnership, it’s unlikely we’ll see Djourou given the game time he was allowed last year.
A player with all the right physical attributes to succeed as a defender, unfortunately does not have the mental capacity to handle the rough and tumble of a Premier League campaign.