Blues sign Gunners defender Djourou

August 10, 2007

Birmingham City have signed Arsenal defender Johan Djourou on loan until January.

The 20-year-old centre back has become Blues boss Steve Bruce's 10th signing of the summer.

Djourou will go straight into the squad for Sunday's opening Premier League clash at Chelsea.

Bruce believes he has signed a player of 'genuine quality' in Djourou.

He said: 'I honestly think that Djourou can be an Arsenal defender for 10 years.

'He has got strength, pace, great ability on the ball, is a very good footballer and is comfortable at the back and in midfield

'We have a good relationship with Arsenal having taken Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba and Sebastian Larsson on loan last season, and I am delighted Arsene Wenger has allowed Johan to join us.'