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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!




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 20 2008

Time: 12:50PM

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Playing for a big club like Arsenal has its own pressures. Establishing yourself as a defender in a big club that doesn't afford the protection to defenders that others clubs might increases the risk of any mistakes being magnified. But he can recover - he needs to look only to Song who has taken as much stick as any Arsenal player a short time ago to now find after relatively few games this season that he is being spoken about in entirely different terms. We make heores at this club but we can destroy them too.
Amos.
I think his real downfall was when he was muscled past by Didier Drogba twice in the Charity shield final, since then he was never really solid, some good or even world-class performances followed by some which would make Cygan look good. I hope Kolo or Gallas give him a talking to. His inconsistency could really cost us. I still like the guy though :)
stukazufuss
Senderos' overall performances this season have been good. He has made as many mistakes (if not fewer) as Gallas & Toure have, yet he finds himself criticised a lot more. Makes LDs scapegoat comment all the more true. Atleast this shows he cares, he needs to show mental strength and recover strongly.
prits
OK he's not world-class (yet?) and he made some mistakes. And he's supposed to be an understudy to Kolo and Gallas, yes? If you were world-class, you wouldn't be or wouldn't be called an understudy, would you? The most glaring mistakes he made I remember were against Drogba and Torres, who else? I wonder if ManU fans condemned Brown and Ferdinand to this extent when Ade scored against them last year. Or when Theo capitalised on Carvalho and John Terry's "lack of pace" at the CC final, were Chelsea fans cursing their CB's at that time? I'm also curious if Liverpool fans slaughtered Carragher after being torn apart not just by world-class attacking players like Thierry and Rosicky, but the likes of Baptistia, Aliadiere and Song, for a total of 9 times within 3 days at Anfield? ANd they're no understudies.
Lou the Gunneress
What is it with Arsenal and centre backs? Didn't Sol have a breakdown as well? (West Ham?)
merlin
It's a step up from them getting *****ed and driving into people's front gardens!
Little Dutch
But there again I prefer them to be jumping up and down all over cheating Dutch strikers :-)
Little Dutch
Senderos.... what a player! ;p
Fan of Blues
Big Phil clearly has some talent and ability. But it's true, he's never really recovered from getting dicked on by Drogba. I know he is young but he's been in the side for a good few seasons now and breaking down over such a ***** display as he gave against Liverpool is no good. He should use it to fire himself up and do better. I actually think he did really well covering for Kolo during the ACN this season, but unfortunately one really awful game like that and all the bad memories and attendant criticisms come back.
Moorish
Big up Big Phil!!! If people don't have these things happen to them and learn how to deal with the adversity, they will never grow. This is simply a challenge for Senderos, and I believe he will be our Tony Adams in the near future.
Andy-bayor
 

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