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Arsenal duo sent out on season-long loan

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Arsenal defender Djourou moves to the Bundesliga  (©GettyImages)
Arsenal defender Djourou moves to the Bundesliga (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger's summer clearout has continued as two of their fringe players have been sent out on loan for the new campaign.

Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin have both flown out to Germany to join up with their new sides Hamburg SV and SC Freiburg respectively.

Both of the loan deals are season-long loans which means they will spend all season at the German clubs.

Hamburg have inserted an option in which they can buy Djourou outright if he impresses during his loan spell.

This is the second time that the Swiss defender will be sent out on loan to a German club after spending half of last season with Hannover 96.

The 26-year-old made his Arsenal debut back in 2004 during a League Cup victory over Manchester City and since then has gone on to make 144 first-team appearances.

His best season came in 2011/2012 where he featured heavily due to injury problems and it was also the season he showed his versatility.

The natural born centre-back was mainly used as a right-back to cover Bacary Sagna - who was injured with a broken leg.

Fellow loanee, Coquelin featured for Arsenal just 43 times since joining back in 2007 as an 18-year-old.

The Frenchman was part of the youth side that won the FA Youth Cup back in 2009 and he is starting to break his way into the first-team after several appearances as a central midfielder or a wing back.

He has signed a long-term contract in 2012 and is expected to have a bright future at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have wished both players well on their official website.

 

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