Transfer Window – Djourou and Squillaci close to leaving?


Last night Arsenal were handed a boost when QPR recorded a shock 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. If you follow the right Twitter accounts, you will have heard some transfer news that will have been seen as more good news for most Arsenal fans.

Firstly, Johan Djourou appears to be leaving the club after nearly 10 years with us. He had been linked with moves to Italian club Lazio and German side Hannover 96 in the press. It appears as though Hannover have won the race for his signature and rumours suggest he is close to a loan move until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal being signed in the summer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the following in today’s press conference ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie at Swansea:

"Djourou might go somewhere as well, that will be decided in the next 48 to 72 hours. – Arsene Wenger on Johan Djourou’s future."

As well as Djourou, another out of favour defender appears likely to be heading out of the Emirates exit door in January. News broke last night on Twitter again that Sebastian Squillaci had given an interview in France, openly discussing his future.

Squillaci was quoted as saying the following:

"Perhaps I will leave in January, Perhaps It will be in June. Marseille,  Monaco, Nice, Bastia or Ajaccio are clubs that speak to me. I am 32. I have 2 or 3 good seasons left in me. – Sebastian Squillaci talks about a potential move back to France."

Arsene Wenger confirmed this in the press conference earlier today saying:

"Squillaci, if he finds a club, he will certainly go – Arsene Wenger on Sebastian Squillaci’s potential departure."

So there you have it. Some deadwood being cleared at last. Both Squillaci and Djourou have been sitting on great wages for doing absolutely nothing for a couple of seasons now. Even on the rare occasions they have been in the team, they’ve shown why they haven’t been picked!.

Djourou and Squillaci look likely to leave the club in the January transfer window.