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Arsenal outcast Djourou wants permanent Gunners exit

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Arsenal loanee Johan Djourou is keen to extend his stay at Hamburg, hinting at a potential permeant exit from the Gunners.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild as reported by The Guardian, the Arsenal defender admitted he is enjoying life in the Bundesliga and would be open to a longer term switch to the north German club.

"I know the coach, I love the club, I love the city," Djourou told Bild. "HSV is incredible. The club has so much potential. We have to go way up. The fans are great.

"The mood is different than in England. If all goes well and the club also want to, I would stay."

The Switzerland international is targeting a place in his country's World Cup squad for the tournament this summer, and first-team football in Germany has done his chances no harm.

At Arsenal Djourou was struggling to cement a place in the starting eleven, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger often using him off the bench.

Loan spells at Birmingham City and Hannover 96 preceded his move to Hamburg earlier this season, with Wenger satisfied with Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen as his first-team defensive options.

The 27-year-old Djourou has made 12 league appearances for Hamburg this term, and the German club currently sit 16th in the Bundesliga.

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