Thursday, 3 April 2014

Arsenal's longest serving player to leave in the summer

Arsenal's longest serving player Johan Djourou is set to leave the club this summer after a clause in his loan agreement with Hamburg was activated.

The Swiss defender has been with the Bundesliga side the start of season as he was warned by Arsene Wenger he would get little playing time in the run up to the World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old has played in 20 out of 28 league games this season. This has resulted in a clause in his agreement being activated, sealing a permanent switch for the defender once his contract at Arsenal runs out in the summer.

But with Hamburg sitting second from bottom at 17th place in the league, in one of two relegation places, it remains to be seen whether Djourou would be happy to stay at a club out of Germany's top division for the first time in its history.

Djourou joined the Gunners as an 15-year-old back in 2002 before signing professional terms at the club in 2004. His 12 year association with the north Londoners makes him Arsenal's longest serving player.

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