Djourou expects Arsenal stay


Swiss defender Johan Djourou is set to extend his stay with Arsenal by penning a contract extension with the north London club.

The 25-year-old is far from a regular starter at the Emirates Stadium but, it would appear, features in Arsene Wenger's plans going forward.

According to, the Swiss Football Association have claimed that Djourou has signed a new agreement with Arsenal, although the club have yet to confirm.

Djourou, meanwhile, says he wants to stay with Arsenal for many years to come.

"I like this club and I want to stay here as long as possible," he told

"I currently work in the background, waiting for another chance to show my potential. I have confidence in the future."

Djourou joined the Arsenal academy in 2003 and has gradually moved through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium.

He made his debut for the Gunners against Everton in the League Cup in 2004 and has since made over 80 appearances for the club.

Despite impressing in the centre of defence alongside Laurent Koscienly at the back end of last season, the summer signing of Per Mertesacker and return of Thomas Vermaelen have seen his opportunities limited.

Injuries have not helped the cause of the Switzerland international, who has often been required to play out of position at full-back this term.

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