Johan Djourou believes that Arsenal’s defensive problems can be solved on the training pitch - and not just in the transfer market.

With the season nearing its conclusion, speculation is already rife about which players may move to Emirates Stadium this summer.

Arsène Wenger has admitted that Arsenal have lacked defensive stability at times but Djourou believes that many of those faults can be ironed out at London Colney as the squad develops as a unit.

“Of course you can add players if you wish but the most important thing is making sure the players you have are progressing well together,” he told Arsenal TV Online.

“I always look at the Invincibles. People forget sometimes, they say we have not won anything and we need to buy big players, but when the boss went to get Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Freddie Ljungberg people were saying ‘who are they?’.

“People were asking questions and look what happened. The criticism is not always fair and that is a great example to show it because those guys have become legends.

“Football is not always about buying the biggest players [to] bring you glory.”

TV Online subscribers can now watch the full interview with Johan ‘on demand’.

The Swiss defender also discusses:

  • his form and fitness since August
  • fighting for his place in the team
  • the aftermath of his injury
  • wanting more from next season
  • criticism of the Arsenal defence
  • the importance of communication
  • Thomas Vermaelen’s absence
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4 May 2011