Aston Villa boss Lambert backs Senderos to stifle Arsenal

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has hailed summer signing Philippe Senderos and believes the centre-back can help send the club top of the table with a win over former club Arsenal.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed the impact of centre-back Philippe Senderos during the club’s successful star to the Premier League season.

A somewhat polarising free transfer, given his previous error-prone spells at Arsenal and Fulham, the Swiss international has so far proved a rock solid addition to a back-line which has conceded just one goal over their first four games, with the club sitting second in the table with 10 points.

Now gearing up for Saturday’s home game against Arsenal, Villa could go top if they beat Senderos’s former club, with leaders Chelsea not playing Manchester City until Sunday, and Lambert is backing the summer signing for another assured outing.

‘Every time I saw Senderos at Fulham, I never saw him having a bad game,’ he told the Telegraph. ‘I went over to Switzerland to watch the Swiss train and he organised things. He knows the game.

‘He can’t be a bad player if he’s been at Arsenal, AC Milan, Valencia and been to World Cups. Not many players can turn round to him and say: “well where did your career go?’ He must have been good enough at those clubs for them to go ‘listen, right, you’re in with us.”

‘I’m no different. I see a lad with really high professionalism. He probably has [a point to prove]. Since he’s been here his performances have been extremely high. He’s never let me down, never let anyone down.’

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