Johan Djourou has become Arsenal’s latest casualty as he was ruled out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup sixth round.
The Swiss international collided with teammate Bacary Sagna late in the game and Arsene Wenger confirmed the Ivorian born defender will not feature for the Gunners for the remainder of the campaign: “Unfortunately we lost Johan Djourou for the rest of the season – dislocated shoulder – season over.”
Djourou joins centre-back teammate Thomas Vermaelen on the list of players unlikely to feature for the north London side for the remainder of the season. The 25-year-old also joins captain Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Alex Song on the injury list.
Wenger: We’ll bounce back.
Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal can bounce back from their elimination from the FA Cup and go on to win the Premier League, Sky Sports has revealed.
The Gunners were in contention for a quadruple of trophies this season but lost in the Carling Cup final to Birmingham City, were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona and suffered a defeat to Premier League rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup sixth round, all in the past fortnight.
Now Arsene Wenger’s hopes of ending Arsenal’s six year trophy drought rest solely on winning the league and the Frenchman believes his side will be lifting that trophy come the end of the season.
Wenger told reporters: “The Manchester United game [in the Premier League] is only important if we win our games before that. I am convinced that if that game is decisive, we have a good chance to do it at home. Before that, it’s important we respond very quickly. We go to West Brom on Saturday, we will see the first signs of how we recover.”
Bendtner to Bundesliga?
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is being chased by three top Bundesliga sides, according to a report in The Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old Dane has struggled to find first-team football at the Emirates this season and unless he is assured of a place in the starting line up he could be heading to Germany as it is understood that Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 are all interested in signing the Danish international.
Bendtner has started just 14 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season and has stated publicly that he wants a place in the first-team. It is estimated that a deal of at least £10million would be required to convince Arsene Wenger to sell the striker.