Johan Djourou has probably featured more at right back this season than in his natural position at the heart of defence.

During Arsenal's injury problems both before and after Christmas, the Swiss centre back was called into action on numerous occasions to fill in for both Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson.

Johan found first-team opportunities limited in central defence after the arrival of Per Mertesacker and due to the inspired form of Laurent Koscielny - but the cup competitions did provide the defender with his fair share of opportunities when fit.

Overall he proved a valuable member of Arsène Wenger's first-team squad throughout the campaign, even if not in his natural position.

"This season has been a bit harder for me. I have had to play out of position where I am not used to but I have tried to do my job, but I am not a [natural] right back. People forget and think that if you play in a position, 'Johan Djourou is a right back', but I am not, I was there to help the team. Now I am back in my position and I will show everyone my qualities."

johan djourou 2011/12 season stats
Competition Appearances Goals Assists
Premier League 14+4 - 1
Champions League 2+4 - 1
FA Cup 1 - -
Carling Cup 2 - -
Total 19+8 0 2

Having risen through the youth ranks at Arsenal, captaining the side against Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup was a proud occasion for the Switzerland international.

Johan Djourou captains the side against Shrewsbury Town

Johan leads out the team against Shrewsbury at Emirates Stadium

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12 Jun 2012