Welcome to Close Up - where we get up close and personal with Arsenal's stars.

Every week, subscribers can watch a brand-new episode on Arsenal TV Online and find out more about the players they cheer on week-in, week-out.

This week the focus falls on Johan Djourou.

The Swiss defender discusses:

  • playing a number of sports growing up
  • moving from Ivory Coast to Switzerland
  • understanding what it means to wear the red of Arsenal
  • comparisons between Highbury and Emirates Stadium
  • becoming a first-team regular this season
  • what is "special" about being a footballer
Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Apr 2011