Wenger: Senderos Needed Time Out
Arsene Wenger has explained that Philippe Senderos has been ommitted from the team of late following his performance at Anfield in the heartbreaking Champions' League exit to Liverpool, Senderos, 23, appears to be savaged for all of Arsenal's shortcomings,despite the fact that he has not played in any of Arsenal's domestic defeats this season.
Senderos is a genuine and dedicated guy,' said Wenger. 'Of course he was extremely disappointed by his performance at Liverpool but only time will get him over that.
'He is very strong mentally but the first mistake he made at Liverpool played a big part in the second one. Everybody is a confidence player and the young even more so because they have less experience to rely on.' Personally, I do not blame him for the second goal, Torres is a quality player and he can do that to anybody.
'He has enough experience but it has been so intense. He has had a lot of critics. He had two outstanding games against Milan home and away and then on Sunday he was not good anymore for anything. That's not right but it's our job.
'If a guy makes a mistake because he doesn't care you treat him differently. But he made a mistake and he cares a lot.'
I still rate Senderos very highly, he has an incredible appetite and has been integral in all of our best periods of form in the last three years. He manned an Arsenal defence that went ten games without conceding a goal at the end of the 2004-05 season and played every game as Arsenal broke a Champions League record of ten consecutive clean sheets. He also played at the turn of the year when the Gunners found their best form. Critics that contend he lacks speed might like to tell me which Tony Adams, Franco Baresi or Paulo Maldini they watched, because none of them looked particularly pacy to me!