Djourou ‘happy’ with season so far

Switzerland defender Djourou missed virtually the whole of last

term and the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a serious knee

problem. With the 24-year-old having been out for so long, manager

Arsene Wenger was keen to ease him back into action this season.

But with Thomas Vermaelen having been sidelined since September and

new signings Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny also

suffering problems with fitness and form, Djourou has found himself

thrown in at the deep end. It looked like being a memorable

campaign for everyone at Arsenal when the club were competing on

four fronts two months ago. The dramatic unravelling of their

quadruple quest means it cannot come to an end quickly enough for

many of their players. But, for Djourou, simply becoming a

first-team regular after what he has been through is reason enough

to celebrate. He told Arsenal TV Online: “That’s what you want to

achieve, to be consistent and playing every game. “That’s what

happening at the moment so I’m very happy. “It was a hard season

last season. “Why it’s even greater is that things turned out that

quickly. “Because, you never know, a guy can come back from injury

and not be the same. “In my case, I think I came back stronger.”

Djourou has started 32 games in all competitions this season but

has not lost the tingle of excitement of running out on to the

field in front of tens of thousands of supporters. “Every time you

walk on the pitch, you have that adrenaline in you that says,

‘That’s it – it’s your time’,” he said. “It’s a really special

feeling to see all those people coming to watch you and support

you. “I know a lot of people who’d like to have that in their

lives.”