Djourou keen to repay Wenger

Gunners defender grateful to Arsenal boss for faith shown

Djourou: Respects Wenger

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Johan Djourou wants to reward Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for the faith he has shown in the squad by winning the Premier League title.

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After claiming glory in the 2005 FA Cup final, Wenger has since nurtured a group of young players in a bid to bring further success to the club.

But Wenger's side have failed to claim a trophy since their penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium.

However, despite coming under pressure, Wenger has stood by his young squad, and Djourou has praised the French coach.

The defender, who is enjoying a run in the side following a long period on the sidelines through injury, said in the Daily Express: "It is important Arsenal win the league because it would show you can believe in your own players.

"It would send a message to the world to say, 'look at Arsenal, we haven't spent billions like others, but we have still got the best team in the League'.


"I would be living proof that belief can win you the League. At another club, like Manchester City, it is true that I could have been out for a year and never have got back into the team. I would have been replaced.

"When you come back and you are given a chance again at Arsenal, you are so grateful because it could be different, totally different somewhere else. Arsenal believed in me and that's such a big boost. You are never forgotten here.

"It's not easy for a manager to give the chance to young players because you never know if they will develop well. And it's hard not to think, 'oh, I will buy this player and he will guarantee me 20 goals'.

"The manager's philosophy is great and I think that us, the players, have to pay him back.

"Some big personalities and big characters left the club, but I am still here. I think I can develop to be a personality like those guys because I've got the character, I've totally got the character."