By Chris Harris

Johan Djourou believes his recent experiences at right-back will make him an even better centre-back.

The Swiss defender has filled in on the flank more than anyone since Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson suffered injuries and he could continue in his temporary role when Arsenal visit Wigan in the Premier League on Saturday.

Djourou was arguably Arsenal's most consistent centre-back last season and he thinks he can scale new heights once he returns to his preferred role.

"I was talking to some friends recently and I told them that playing at right-back would help me when I go back into the centre because you have to do so much more on the wing - positioning-wise and going forward as well," Djourou told Arsenal Player.

"It takes more energy physically than in the centre where it is settled and that will help improve my game. I'm not scared of getting forward [on the right], it's something I like to do. I have the ability to do it and playing on the right gives me more of an opportunity than if I was playing in the centre.

"I put one of my best performances at right back against Fulham, and against Man City as well," he added.

"For me I would obviously like to play in the centre but the most important thing is to play. I love the game so much that it doesn't matter where I play, you just want to help the team out and win games. I wasn't able to do it in the last two games but I was happy with my own performances."

The full interview with Johan is now available on Arsenal Player.

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2 Dec 2011