Philippe Senderos is the perfect example of a no nonsense defender who would aid the current Arsenal defence.
Philippe Senderos has moved on from his Arsenal days and so have the club but given the chance, they may have re-thought on their decision to let him leave as he’s a player that could currently aid the Arsenal back four.
If he was there now, then there would not be a problem with communication which was exposed during the defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur.
Senderos was never a typical Arsenal defender in respect of the way he passed the ball out from the back, he was a Tony Adams sort of defender, the player that barks orders at everyone else regardless of their status in the side.
He’s a no nonsense type of defender, which is also something that would aid Arsenal at the moment. He doesn’t mess around in terms of his decisions, he gets on the ball and boots it into the stand if that’s what the situation dictates.
His lack of pace is oddly something which may also aid the current Arsenal side if he was still there. A lack of pace means he has to drop deeper in the back four to compensate for the weakness.
This would have helped in stopping the goals conceded to Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon against Spurs, which came because the defence was too high up the pitch.
He would also add to the imposing physical side of Arsenal’s defensive game. He’s over six feet tall and his main qualities are built around strength and power.
This is not something that Arsenal lack with Per Mertsesacker and Thomas Vermaelen in the back four, both very big defenders. However, it would ensure that teams have to play the ball on the floor against Arsenal which is arguably easier to contain.
His ability to read the game would also have come in useful for Arsenal and it’s one of the reasons he’s a first choice centre back for Fulham.
That ability, combined with his communication skills, means he can see things developing before the happen and it’s too late. He is good enough to relay that to others and that’s something which would help Arsenal if he was still there.
Arsenal’s defensive record this season isn’t actually too bad but there are faults, which need to be fixed and Senderos is the sort of player they may need in the back four when they go looking for a player this summer.
Arsenal fans, do you think Senderos would make a difference if he was still at your club?