Djourou agrees Hannover loan spell as Arsenal clear-out gathers pace
13:24 GMT, 5 January 2013
13:37 GMT, 5 January 2013
Move: Johan Djourou will join Hannover
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has agreed to join Hannover on loan until the end of the season.
The Switzerland international has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place but is Arsenal's longest-serving player, having joined the club in 2004.
The 25-year-old has made just two appearances for the first team this season, captaining the side to Capital One Cup victories over Coventry and Reading.
Djourou's move to Germany is dependent on the formality of the necessary paperwork being completed as he has already passed a medical.
'Johan Djourou is an internationally-experienced footballer who we are convinced will be able to help us out quickly,' said Hannover's director of sport Jorg Schmadtke.
'He fits the bill perfectly for what we were looking for because he is also eligible to play for us in the UEFA Europa League.'
Coach Mirko Slomka has welcomed Djourou, saying: 'After losing Felipe and Leon Andreasen (to injury), we needed to act defensively.
'With his physical robustness, his tactical understanding and his high level of commitment, I am convinced we will profit from having him.'
Hannover are currently 11th in the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven are interested in taking Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin on loan.
The 31-year-old rejected a move to Reading but is interested in linking up with former Russia coach Dick Advocaat in Holland.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with Barcelona striker David Villa who is available for 16million.
The Spaniard is ready to ask his club to grant him a January move to the Gunners.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed Wenger’s interest in the striker last month and talks between both clubs are ongoing.
close to the deal claim Villa is very keen on a move to the Emirates
Stadium during the transfer window and wants to speak with the north