Does Senderos Have a Future at Arsenal?

In 2003 Arsenal signed a young Swiss centre back, Philip Senderos.  It took time for Senderos to make into the first team as he had to get past Keown, Campbell, Toure and Cygan (yes do not laugh but he was part of the Invincibles).


Senderos was always a player who needed a run of games to gain confidence/.  His first spell coincided with Arsenal keeping clean sheets in several games. He looked assured in the air, was solid and timed his tackles well.  Senderos lacked pace, so for him positioning was essential.  He soon became a regular for Switzerland and eventually was their captain.


Then we had chinks develop in his game; the physical side was a problem. Senderos is not a small player, but perhaps needs a few more muscles.  When he came up against players like Beattie he was too easily brushed off the ball.  Then Senderos’ nemesis arrived. Drogba.  Whenever Arsenal played Chelsea, Drogba was able to bully Senderos, he caused him to make errors, Drogba always scored against Senderos.


The mistakes became frequent, the player started to question himself and last season Senderos was “dropped.”  Not easy for any player to accept, but it had to be done for his sake and for the benefit of the team.


The summer saw Senderos go to AC Milan on a season long loan.  Many believed this was a way of AC Milan getting their man a year early as they did not have the money to buy him.  However, it now appears that the Swiss centre back is on his way back after AC Milan have decided not take up the option of buying him.


Is there really a future for Senderos at Arsenal.  Has his game changed to allow him to adapt to the English game, what is his mental state?    If Wenger can keep both Toure  and Gallas this summer, Wenger will be looking at selling the Swiss defender .  He will be surplus to requirements.  In Johan Djourou Wenger has a defender who is fast and good in the air.  In the reserves we have a young Norwegian  ,Nordveit, whom Wenger rates very highly and could make the first team squad next season.  Even if either Gallas or Toure leaves in the summer, Wenger will look to recruit another centre back who will be able to command and dominate the defence, he will try to sell Senderos for £6m.


It is harsh on a player to be discarded, but Senderos does not have anything to offer Arsenal that is not there from other players.  In recent seasons Senderos has never instilled confidence in Arsenal fans and there has been nothing in his AC Milan displays to change that fact. 

Posted on March 20, 2009, in Arsenal Players and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. With the rise of his quicker, taller and more aggressive Swiss partner Djorou, Senderos more or less has no place at The Emirates anymore. Couple that with the rumors of Arsene being interested in Sakho from PSG who is as fast as Toure, as tall as Djorou and as physical as John Terry and Senderos is merely a memory. I’ve never been his biggest fan, he always had questionable positional awareness, was too slow to keep up with Prem strikers and as big as he is the likes of Drogba and Rooney outmuscled him more often than not. The speed of the English game is not for him – the Italian or Spanish league could use him as their games are right with h is pace.

  2. Don’t forget Senderos was an important part of the defence which went 10 games in the Champions Lge without leaving a goal. And that was against teams like Real Madrid and Juventus.

    That was Senderos playing the way he can at the top of his game and if he could produce that kind of form week in week out he would play. But he has been too inconsistent and his lack of pace is exposed far too easily in the Premier League.

    He is definately more suited to Serie A as it is not as fast and is more defensive tactically.

    I wish him well wherever he goes and will never forget his towering performances on our run the the Champions League final in 2006.

  3. Despite having some weakness in his play, Senderos has always been very professional as a player. He often gave 100% during training and on match day. He is still young and teachable. No harm to have him around at The Arsenal.

  4. Put it this way:

    Is Senderos a better 4th option CB than Silvestre?


  5. northbanklegend

    Silvestre is a walking disaster

  6. Get him back, give him a run of games together with Djorou and trust me we will have a good defensive patnership so yeah he has a future at Arsenal.

  7. Mathieu akande

    I stil think he(senderos) has a future at arsenal cuz with d like of mikeal silvester whom i dont have much confident in,senderos can either b good replacement when no gallas or kolo.

  8. esseff gunner

    IMHO the partnership between senderos and kolo vs gallas & kolo is a no-brainer. senderos made for a good partner with kolo b/c he wasn’t always trying to be a full back in a center half role like gallas, gallas when on top of his game can be a brilliant defender, drop silvestre like a wet blanket and get senderos back!

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