Sendeross – the End is Nigh
Every club has a whipping boy and in the case of Arsenal it is Philippe Senderos. Whilst the Swiss international can perform admirably over a period of games, the fans know he is one mistake from becoming a permanent liability. He has constantly struggled against big centre forwards, and at the end of last season Wenger did not play Senderos, preferring to play Alexandre Song at the back.
Most fans will be doing a little jig of delight at the news that Newcastle have made a bid for Senderos at £4M. Reports say that Arsenal have not accepted the bid, but that they have not ruled out the sale of the Swiss defender either.
Some newspapers are turning the fact Arsenal are prepared to accept a bid of £6M, as a snub to Wenger, but what these small minded reporters do nto realsie is that Wenger governs everything at Arsenal to do with football. No player would be bought or sold unless Wenger gave his personal approval.
Senderos is not a first choice defender at Arsenal, and far from a fans’ favourite after a series of high-profile blunders, and Wenger knows he has Johan Djourou, Harvard Nordveit and Alexandre Song, all of whom Arsene rates highly, but there progress is being held back in having Senderos in the squad. Selling Senderos at this moment for £6M is good business for Arsenal.
The only reason Wenger would not sanction the move now is that Song will unavailable for the start of the season as he is off to Beijing for the Olympics and Toure may miss the start of the new season with malaria.
Wenger may use Newcastle’s interest in Senderos to talk to the Magpies about Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia,
both players have been talked about in Arsenal circles and this could be the ideal opportunity to make a move.