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Johan Djourou

Johan Djourou Profile

Born January 18, 1987
Ivory Coast
Position: Defender
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Previous Club(s) Hamburg (loan), Birmingham City (loan), Etoile Carouge FC
Arsenal Debut October 27, 2004

Swiss international centre back Johan Djourou spent the 2013/14 season on loan with Bundesliga side Hamburg.

Since joining the Gunners a decade ago from Etoile Carouge, the Ivorian-born defender has made 144 Arsenal appearances – primarily in the heart of the back four but also in the right-back and defensive midfield positions.

Calm and authoritative on the ball and a tall, imposing figure, Johan made his debut in October 2004, going on to play a number of times in the next two seasons before a loan spell with Birmingham City. Although in and out of the side since due to injury and the form of others, he has remained a valuable member of the Arsenal squad.

Johan enjoyed a successful loan spell at Hannover in the second half of the 2012/13 season.

Johan Djourou's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 + 1 0 2 + 1 0
2005-2006 6 + 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 11 + 1 0
2006-2007 18 + 3 0 5 0 1 0 3 0 27 + 3 0
2007-2008 1 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 + 1 0
2008-2009 13 + 2 0 6 + 2 0 4 0 2 0 25 + 4 0
2009-2010 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 1 0
2010-2011 20 + 2 1 6 0 3 0 6 0 35 + 2 1
2011-2012 14 + 4 0 2 + 4 0 1 0 2 0 19 + 8 0
2012-2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 72 + 14 1 19 + 6 0 11 0 21 + 1 0 123 + 21 1

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09
  • 2007/08

August

Johan made his debut for Hamburg in their 4-1 win against Eintracht Braunschweig. The Swiss defender was replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

October

Johan played four times for Hamburg in September. It was a difficult month for the German side after they only managed to pick up one league point.

August

Johan did not feature in August.

October

Johan played once in October - captaining the team in the remarkable Capital One Cup game against Reading at the Madejski.

December

Johan was named on the bench for the win over Newcastle United but did not feature in December.

January

Johan was loaned to German side Hannover 96, where he made two appearances over the course of the month. His debut came in an epic game against Schalke, that the Niedersachsen side lost 5-4.

March

Johan featured regularly for Hannover 96 in March, helping them to victory against Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

May

Johan finished his loan spell at Hannover 96 by starting the club's final game of the season, a home victory against Dusseldorf - a result which relegated the visitors.

August

Johan arrived as a second-half substitute in Arsenal's opening two matches against Newcastle and Udinese respectively, before a hamstring injury forced him off against the Italians. The Swiss international returned in the second leg to help the Gunners progress, before starting once more against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

October

Johan demonstrated his versatility throughout the month, switching to right-back for the victories against Marseille, Stoke and Chelsea.

December

Johan demonstrated his versatility once more in December, featuring regularly at right back in the Premier League. He also played in Greece in the team's Champions League defeat at the hands of Olympiacos.

January

Johan was in and out of the team with a mild groin problem, as well as serving a one-match suspension for his red card at Fulham. The Swiss international featured in every one of the team's three Premier League fixtures.

March

Johan made two appearances, filling in as a late replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the starting line-up against Aston Villa after a brief substitute appearance in the 1-0 win over Everton.

May

Johan did not feature.

August

Johan missed the opening game of the season away at Liverpool due to a hamstring injury. Though he returned to the bench for the visit of Blackpool, he didn’t feature for the Gunners in August. Speaking before the season started, Johan told Arsenal.com how he is optimistic ahead of the new season. “I had a hard season last time and now I feel good, I feel fresh so I am ready to go. I need a few more games but I feel good.”

October

Johan enjoyed an extended run in the first team as he made four consecutive starts and put his injury problems well and truly behind him during October. The Swiss defender showed what he is capable of against a threatening Manchester City attack at Eastlands in the first of his quartet of starts. He partnered Sebastien Squillaci against Birmingham, Shakhtar Donetsk and City before he and Laurent Koscielny helped the Gunners to a clean sheet against Newcastle in the Carling Cup.

December

Johan only made just one start during December, but proved to be one of the star performers during the win against Chelsea as he turned in an excellent defensive display. The Swiss international succeeded where others had previously failed in nullifying the threat of Didier Drogba. Arsène Wenger said he would not risk Johan’s fitness during the busy festive period due to his injury-ravaged past and the defender didn’t feature again in 2010.

January

Johan played an incredible 720 minutes of football in January. He completed eight of Arsenal's nine games and was instrumental in helping Arsene Wenger’s side to an impressive five clean sheets. The Swiss defender was one of just two fit central defenders and formed a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

March

It was initially feared Johan’s season was over after he dislocated his shoulder against Manchester United on March 12. But, after undergoing exploratory surgery, the Club confirmed the positive news that there was no need for reconstructive surgery meaning he would only miss a minimum of a month.

May

Johan limped off with an ankle injury against Manchester United but returned the following week for a defeat at Stoke. The problem kept the central defender out of the final home game of the season against Aston Villa but he partnered Thomas Vermaelen at Fulham.

October

Johan continued his rehabilitation after having surgery on his knee earlier in the season.

August

Johan missed the start of the season with a knee injury. The Ivorian defender said now is the time for him to make the step up to a regular first team slot. “I am still young, I have a couple of things I need to work on still and I still want to learn, but I want to step up now. It’s my time,” he said.

December

Johan remained sidelined in December after having knee surgery earlier in the season. The defender is yet to make a Gunners appearance this term.

January

Johan's knee injury kept him out of action throughout January. The defender suffered the injury while on international duty in August.

March

Johan continued to recover from a knee operation and appeared on Arsenal TV Online's 'Arsenal Live' programme in March. He joined the regular team on our weekend preview show and told viewers he is getting closer to a return. "I am nearly at the end. It has been a long road for me and I am really looking forward to being back on the field."

May

Johan made his long-awaited return from injury as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 win over Fulham in Arsenal's final game of the season. It was the first time he had played since sustaining a knee injury in August.

August

Because of Toure’s illness, Johan played a vital part in Arsenal’s excellent August. Every game that the Swiss centre-half played in, Arsenal won without conceding. Coincidence? Absolutely not. The 21 year-old struck up a solid partnership with captain William Gallas in both Twente games and the victory over West Brom.

October

Johan missed a fair chunk of the month after suffering concussion while away on international duty. The Swiss centre-half was selected among the substitutes for the trips to Sunderland and West Ham and his only taste of action in October came in Istanbul when he replaced Theo Walcott in the 84th minute.

December

Another rock-solid month for Johan who racked up four consecutive games at the heart of the Arsenal defence. After managing only a handful of appearances for the Gunners in the whole of 2007/08 the Swiss defender has swiftly made up for lost time this term. During December the 21-year-old described 2008 as his ‘now or never’ year.

January

Johan enjoyed five consecutive starts alongside either Kolo Toure or William Gallas in January and was instrumental in the clean sheets secured against Cardiff and Bolton. The Swiss defender finished the month on the bench in Arsenal’s home stalemate against West Ham oon Saturday 31st.

March

Johan played 90 minutes against West Brom, Burnley, Hull, and Blackburn and was included among the subs in the other two March fixtures. As ever, the Swiss defender looked classy at the heart of Arsenal’s defence alongside Kolo Toure or William Gallas. At the start of March, Johan spoke to the Official Matchday Programme about being ‘ready’. "I am trying to take my chance," he said. "I told myself at the start of the season that I have to work hard even if I’m not first choice because I’m still young, but I think I’ve shown to people that I’m ready for this.”

May

Johan played 90 minutes in the first two May fixtures but was back on the bench in the third. He was completely omitted from the squad which travelled to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday, May 16 but returned to the substitutes bench for the final game of the season.

May

Now fully fit, Johan spent a lot of time in the first-team squad in April. The Swiss defender appeared on the bench twice, coming on for the final 12 minutes against Derby.

March

Johan spent February still recovering from a groin problem that has restricted him to just 45 minutes of football in 2008.