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Arsenal Transfer News: Djourou Exit to Roma Denied; Gazidis Promises End to Trophy Drought is Near

Published: October 11, 2012 | 7:39 am
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With reports swirling around suggesting Johan Djourou could join Italian side Roma in January, the Arsenal defender’s agent has quickly come out to squash those rumors.
Djourou has not played a single minute in the English Premier League this season, with Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny ahead of the Swiss international.
Djourou did play in the League Cup game against Coventry City, captaining the side to a 6-1 victory. However, with first-team chances considerably reduced and the likes of Ignasi Miquel also challenging for a place, the future of the 25-year-old has been brought into question.

Djourou’s agent, however, dismissed the reports linking him with a move to Roma. “There has been absolutely no contact with Roma and I don’t know where these rumours have come from,” Djourou’s agent Flavio Ferraria told calciomercato.it.
“I met Johan recently, but we did not talk about Roma because there’s really nothing to say.
“There is no real possibility that he will leave Arsenal as he is contracted to them until 2015. However, we will evaluate the current situation in January.
“Obviously he would like to play in Italy because we have discussed this several times before, but he hasn’t a preference for any specific club.
“I think he would do very well at Roma because he is young and versatile and the most important thing is that he wants to play with continuity.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has reiterated the strength of Arsenal’s self-sustaining method, and backed the club to compete for top honors once the Financial Fair Play Regulations kick in.
“Arsenal were operating this way a long time before football looked at it and decided it would be a good path for football to move into,” the American told BBC Five Live.
“I think people believe money can be spent without consequence and if we learnt anything from the financial crisis the world has had over the last few years it has to be unsustainable spending and unsustainable environments don’t last forever.
“I think football is in a fantastic position to address this because we are in a position where I am very optimistic for the future of football. The revenues the game generates, particularly the Premier League’s position, is fantastic. This is a very successful UK industry and it deserves a lot of credit for that.
“This is a great time for us, when things are going well, to address issues of unsustainability while we can because as we’ve learned addressing them from a position of weakness is never a satisfactory way to do it.
“The Premier League owners are coming together: I think there is a developing consensus around the fact we need some form of tighter financial regulations to make sure as we look forward that the interest of the Premier League, its clubs and the fans are well protected.
“(And) we are running our league on a sound financial business model and taking advantage of what this league has to become the world’s leading sports league.”
Gazidis also promised the Arsenal fans their need for patience, while the club endures a trophy drought, was coming to an end. “I think the time when we have to continue to ask them (Arsenal supporters) for patience is coming to an end and I think we will be able to deliver the kind of success they want on a consistent basis going forward as one of the leading clubs in Europe.”
Gazidis also praised Arsene Wenger and the job the Frenchman has done to ensure the Gunners remain competitive, despite criticism over the manager’s reluctance to shell out big money for players.
“I don’t think Arsene is conservative, I think he is extraordinarily brave,” Gazidis added. “I think he does things others don’t do and sees things others don’t see.
“Arsene is not fixed on the price of a player in assessing a player’s value, he will look with equal weight at a young player who is coming through the Arsenal academy and a player that might be available with a very hefty price tag from overseas.
“He is not afraid to spend money when he believes in a player and sees a player he thinks can kick us forward but he is not obsessed with the security that a big transfer fee might give him.”


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