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Arsenal loanee reveals advice from team-mate and explains how he lost confidence

Johan Djourou, Arsenal. Picture: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Johan Djourou, Arsenal. Picture: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

Monday, January 7, 2013
3:49 PM

Johan Djourou says Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker encouraged him to join Hannover on loan and admits playing out of position for the Gunners dented his confidence.

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The Swiss international had fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates before agreeing to join Bundesliga side Hannover until the end of the season on Saturday.

And the 25-year-old says German team-mate Mertesacker was influential in his decision to make the loan move.

“Per is a good friend of mine,” Djourou told Bild. “He told me many positive things about Hannover 96 and he said that I should do that and go there.

Centre back Djourou filled in at right back for Arsenal last season and endured a torrid time in the unfamiliar role.

He said: “Last season I had to play right back and I lost a little self-confidence.

“I have a good athletic quality and I play aggressively against the ball.

“I always want to play and in Hannover there´s a good opportunity for me to do that. It´s the perfect club for me.”

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