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Senderos Off To AC Milan

Senderos Off To AC Milan

It seems as thought Big Phil Senderos is on his way to join Matty Flamini in Italy after AC Milan claimed to have secured his services on a loan deal with a view to make it permanent at the end of the season.

I was reluctant to go with this story initially as I just assumed the press were speculating after the signing of Silvestre, but the more time passes without comment, the more certain it becomes.

Senderos hasn't always filled Arsenal fans with confidence, indeed, the player himself was a confidence player, sometimes visibly crumbling after making a mistake or two, however I still feel this could be a mistake.

With Senderos gone it leaves us with 4 central defenders. The pairing of Toure & Gallas seemingly not clicking exactly the way we thought they would, the inexperienced Djourou, and a player so injury prone he pulls a muscle in his first ever training session with the club.

Hleb aside, the players leaving the club this summer have not been replaced, and with Arsenal's horrendous injury record over the past 3 years (surely there's something wrong here) I've got a real sense of foreboding about this season.

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Date:Tuesday August 26 2008
Time: 1:15PM

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I think it was his differing performances from champions league to prem that made people so frustrated with him. Another useful squad player has been sold and replaced with a crock just like Gilberto was with Bishcoff? Why on earth the core of a squad that were 4 points from the title is being dismantled only Arsene knows? its his call but its a very risky one.
26/08/2008 13:27:00
Risky indeed iceman. All it would need would be for a defensive injury and maybe Cesc out for a month or two and we will be well up ***** creek.
26/08/2008 13:34:00
Its a squad game and obviously the chavs are number 1 when its comes to 2nd string, united have the likes of fletcher, giggs, oshea who can cover and we have.......well some potentially good players and crocks. Infact the best squad player we have is Eboue and he gets slated every week for trying (even tho he is a moaner, I like his adaptability).
26/08/2008 13:39:00
You've left out Song as a CB option, who did quite well last year. As for Big Phil, he's been riding on that form from our CL run 3 years ago for such a while now, while continuously failing to live up to the expectations. He was given by far the most opportunities to prove himself compared to Djourou, Song etc. and has failed to establish himself. I like Senderos as a lad, he is intelligent and modest, but now he's falling in the pecking order and the best thing for him is to play at the highest level and what better place to do so than at Milan with experienced defenders around him giving him advice and teaching him some stuff, too. Hope it's a loan though, so we can have him back next year in time to reclaim his spot in the heart of our defence. But now I feel it's time for Djourou and Song to get their chance and prove what they can do.
26/08/2008 13:43:00
This gets more baffling by the day. We sign Silvestre and are told it is for versatility and depth. Yet we follow his signing by getting rid of two more defenders! Senderos' performances in the CL were pretty good, ten straight clean sheets in 05-06 and he played all of those games. That run unded when he was removed, he's the only aerially dominant CB we had. The fact that Song came in at the end of the season suggests the writing was on the wall and we don't know what his psychological reaction was to the Liverpool game. But this looks a very bad move to me, we're depleting our thin squad by the week and my hopes for this season have pretty much evaporated. I don't recall such an air of negaitivity around the club in Wenger's tenure and I don't recall feeling this negative about our hopes for a long time.
Little Dutch
26/08/2008 13:48:00
I think the negativity is due to the signings/sales looking rather scatter gun? There seems to be no strategy behind the comings and goings. when your 4 points off of winning the title ahead of the european champions your squad only needs tweaking not dismantling.
26/08/2008 13:56:00
But G4L, although Song can play CB, his essentially a midfielder. We can't can shifting everyone around like this. It seems as though Wenger wants a squad of 18 who can just play anywhere on the pitch so squad numbers can be kept to a minimum. I'm will LD here, I'm ever the optomist, too much sometimes, and I would never write us off just two games into the season, but it really does feel to me like an era is coming to an end, and it's killing me.
26/08/2008 13:57:00
I'm in complete agreement with LD and I'm genuinely worried now about this season. We can't afford to lose Senderos, esp. since he's been replaced by a player who's already freaking injured! (he's also a player who used to make comedy errors in the LB position at MU). If we don't sign anyone in midfield, I think finishing 4th place is in serious danger. Even if we do sign someone like Alonso, 4th place will still be a challenge. PLUS, if Djourou does go out on loan, then that's it. We'll have a horrible season. I wish I understood what the hell is going on. I don't understand AW's decisions any more.
26/08/2008 14:14:00
I don't think Silvestre is injured. He wasn't selected on saturday to give him more time to recover from muscle injury he had when he joined us. The club has confirmed a one year loan deal is in the process of being finalised but that a permanent move has yet to be decided. With 5 CB's the anxiety is only based on the impression of a diminishing squad not because this move really causes us any special problems in that position.
26/08/2008 14:21:00
I think it causes a very big problem in that position because I think, in the absence of signing anyone else, that Senderos should be starting alongside Gallas. Senderos is not necessarily a better defender than Toure, but he suits our team better and that's what's important. We now have a lot of identikit centre backs and a centre half partnership that has little hope of working.
Little Dutch
26/08/2008 14:26:00
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