The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal FC News that he expects the defender Johan Djourou to get more game time in this season. The 25-year-old will be the fourth choice defender at the club for the central defensive position, but the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his confidence that he expects the player to get more game time this season.
Arsenal have made a great start to the season in terms of defensive numbers because they are yet to concede a goal. The defensive partnership between Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker has been hugely impressive in the opening three matches of the season.
This has led to many believing that the players like Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou will not get major opportunities to play in the first team this season. The manager Arsene Wenger, though, reckons that there will be enough matches over the course of the season to ensure enough game time for the likes of Johan Djourou. The 25-year-old has been constantly linked with a move away from the club due to the fact that his place in the national team is under threat due to his lack of regular football. However, he has stayed at the Emirates stadium after the end of this transfer window.
“Because I love the player – and he loves this club. We extended his contract in January. Johan is alongside [Thomas] Vermaelen, [Per] Mertesacker and [Laurent] Koscielny as one of four central defenders. All four are internationals, so the fight for a regular place is intense. Over the course of the season they’ll all get games,” said that Arsene Wenger. Even though they have been extremely solid defensively, Arsenal have found it tough to score goals. Wenger reckons that it is due to the new look attacking line-up and he expects them to improve.