Flop or Not: Arsenal’s Philippe Senderos

By on October 22, 2011

When armed with the task of putting together an article on former Gunner Philippe Senderos, it bewildered me as how despite spending 7 years in North London, ‘Swiss Tony’ doesn’t appear to have a great deal to show for it. This is by no means a criticism of Philippe, however, as it should be stated that while he only made 64 appearances, when called upon the Swiss defender always did his job quietly and professionally.

But despite having the attitude of a player who deserved to be on the pitch week-after-week, ultimately it was down to persistent injuries and a lack of form which saw him lose his place at the club.

Loan moves to Italian giants AC Milan and Merseyside outfit Everton couldn’t revive the career of a man who has and still does struggle badly with injuries and consistency. It may even come as a surprise to know that Philippe is still just 26 years of age, and with a fair few years still ahead of him, he hoping that he can find the form and the resilience which made him such a prospect in his early career.

Philippe’s career hasn’t been all doom and gloom, however, as during his stay in N5 he managed to earn himself over 50 international caps for a nation who even triumphed over World Champions Spain in South Africa last summer.

As far as his Arsenal career is concerned, though, Senderos never really quite lived up to the early potential he showed and eventually fell out of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans. Whatever you think about him though, Philippe is a player who fully deserves to be playing first-team football and I’m sure there isn’t anyone who could begrudge him of that.

So was Philippe ‘Swiss Tony’ Senderos a flop, or was he not? You decide.



  1. Davi

    October 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

    A very talented defender who, at times, failed under pressure. He famously couldn’t handle drogba (at all) and every time he played against him, the knock on effect would be a run of poor form. This weakness aside, he was a very good defender, and was more than capable against almost any other side.
    Technically, I suppose you would call him a flop at arsenal, but I do think he has the talent, and hope that he can turn it around to become a top European defender. I believe he is well capable of that, as long as he can avoid injury problems and get his head straightened out to handle the big games.

  2. shedzy

    October 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Silly Ponderous, as we called him, totally sums him up – prone to making poor decisions, and slow to react/on the ball.

    He’d have been a fantastic player if everyone else was 25% slower.

  3. you are bell end

    October 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Always rated him; Just couldn’t cope with drogba. Had his fitness been inconsistent, i’m sure he would’ve learned to cope against that oaf, even. I wouldn’t take the people’s 3rd-hand lie sports views with anything more than a sack full of salt. Sheeples.

  4. Kols

    October 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Senderos is d worst Arsenal defender I’ve seen after Pascal Cygan.D guy had immense initial promise in d 04/05 season with some pundits nd fans labelling him d next Tony Adams nd Future Arsenal captain. But it all started going downhill d next season after his famous encounter with Drogba ind Community shield. Slow reactions, horrific decision making which leads him to pass the ball to our opponents on some occasions. Generally a highly inconsistent player who cannot be relied upon at all. I bless d day Wenga finalli got rid of him.

  5. Arhagba 1

    October 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Forget sendros and letls forge ahead.

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