Roma prepare January raid for Arsenal defender

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Arsenal defender Johan Djouorou could be offered an escape route out of north London after reports in Italy suggested Roma were readying a bid for the Swiss international.

The Serie A club are considering a January move for Djourou in an attempt to shore up their leaky backline which has shipped 14 goals in 7 games so far this season.

Djourou hasn’t played a league game for Arsenal since last season in April, and is seen as behind the likes of Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen in Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s thoughts.

The Swiss defender made his most league appearances for Arsenal in the 2010/11 season, however the development of Koscielny and Mertesacker as a partnership and the arrival of Mertesacker means he has fallen well down the pecking order.

The 25-year-old has made just one appearance for the Gunners this term, in their 6-1 Capital One Cup victory over Coventry at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were reportedly keen to offload Djourou in the summer transfer window but couldn’t find a suitor willing to part with their cash, with news reports in June revealing his agent had been courting offers from Serie A.

Roma were reportedly interested in landing Djourou over the summer but never came forward with a concrete offer, but now the Italian club are seriously considering a move, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Arsenal defender is unlikely to come cheap as he has a contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2015, although the fact he is nowhere near getting any first team action this season may sway him to up sticks and leave, although Gunners boss Wenger insisted that he still had a future in north London earlier this season.

“I didn’t let Djourou leave as I love him as a player, and he loves the club,” the Frenchman told The Sun on Sunday back in September.

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