Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Johan Djourou has made his move to Hamburg permanent.

The 27-year-old centre back spent the whole of last season on loan with the Bundesliga side, featuring 24 times in the league. He also spent the second half of the 2012/13 campaign on loan in Germany, with Hannover 96.

Djourou joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old from Etoile Carouge in the summer of 2003. He went on to feature 144 times for the first team, and captained the side on a number of occasions. A valuable squad member throughout his time with Arsenal, he played at both centre back and full back for the club.

A Switzerland international, Djourou helped his country to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Johan for his contribution to the club and wish him continued success with Hamburg.

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