Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has often been criticised in the past for not having a key centre-back, but not many can argue with his decision to sell on fellow defenders Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou.
The end result, a whopping 5-2 victory for the French – and it could have been much worse.
Switzerland were simply awful in defence, and centre-back duo Philippe Senderos – who replaced the injured Steve von Bergen after nine minutes - and Johan Djourou represented a pairing who played as if they had only just met.
There was no coordination, movement, leadership or spirit as France waltzed past them time and time again – racing into a 3-0 lead at half-time with the luxury of missing a spot-kick before adding another two in the second-half.
Senderos and Djourou’s nightmare performance can be highlighted by Opta Stats.
|Team||Pos||Won Tackle||Duel Won||Fouls||Interception Won||Outfielder Block||Effective Clearance||Error Lead To Goal||Apps||Mins|
As per the table, current Aston Villa defender Senderos failed to win a single tackle, 50/50 or register an interception of any kind. His most notable contribution was one block, two clearances and committing an error which led to a French goal.
New Hamburg signing Djourou, on the other hand, was equally as bad as the 27-year-old also failed to register a single tackle, committing two fouls throughout the match – though he did manage one interception, two blocks and four clearances.
The duo are no longer on the books at Arsenal, with Senderos leaving in 2010 following a six year spell and Djourou making his recent loan move at Hamburg permanent in a deal worth a reported €3 million.
Whilst it’s perhaps unfair to judge the two Swiss stars on one performance, when comparing to current Arsenal centre-back pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, then it’s easy to see why Wenger made his choice.