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Plenty of life in Gunners - Djourou

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Arsenal defender Johan Djourou insists the Gunners are still fighting on three fronts despite their inconsistent Barclays Premier League campaign to date.

Arsene Wenger's men trail league leaders Liverpool by 10 points at the turn of the year and sit outside the Champions League places after suffering five defeats in their opening 20 league games.

Arsenal are alive and kicking in the Champions League however and, with an FA Cup campaign to come, Djourou believes there is much to look forward to, telling Arsenal TV Online: "My New Year's resolution would be for us to keep on winning and to try to climb to the top. We also must keep going with the Champions League and the FA Cup, because we want to win everything."

Djourou joined the Gunners from Swiss side Etoile Carouge in 2003, and signed a new, long-term deal with the Gunners early last year.

The departure of his fellow Switzerland international Philippe Senderos on loan to AC Milan gave Djourou a chance to impress this season, stepping in at centre-back following injuries to William Gallas and Kolo Toure.

The Gunners will be looking to force themselves back into the Premier League title race next year and Djourou is eager to secure himself a regular place in the first team.

He returned to the Emirates Stadium at the start of the year, fully focused after a loan spell with Birmingham.

"It has been a good year for me. I came back from on loan injured, but I put my head down and kept working hard because I wanted to be at my best, and that is what I am showing at the moment," Djourou said.

"Going out on loan helped me because I came back ready to show that I am good and ready for it. That helped me a lot. Watching and learning from guys like William and Kolo did too.

"I have shown the boss he can count on me and I am going to show him that he can count on me all the way."

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Arsenal
Internationals
Football
Johan Djourou
Kolo Toure
Philippe Senderos
Birmingham
William Gallas
Liverpool

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