Defender hints at Arsenal exit

Johan Djourou has dropped a not so subtle hint that he wishes to leave Arsenal in the summer, in favour of a permanent switch to Bundesliga side Hamburg, according to the Express.

The 27-year-old has been on loan in Germany since January 2013, after finding first team opportunities hard to come by at the Emirates.

Despite coming through the youth ranks at Arsenal, and being considered a ‘homegrown player’ Djourou found first team chances limited under Arsene Wenger, and has been playing regularly at Hamburg since his loan switch.

There had been talk of a possible return to north London, with right back Bacary Sagna looking likely to depart when his contract expires at the end of the season.

But the Swiss international has reiterated his desire to stay in Germany.

“I know the coach, I love the club, I love the city. HSV (Hamburg) is incredible,” Djourou told German paperĀ Bild.”The club has so much potential. We have to go way up.

“The fans are great. The mood is different than in England. If all goes well and the club also want to, I would stay.”

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