Arsenal Centre Back Senderos Close to Sealing £6m January Exit

Big Swiss defender on his way out.

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Sports - March 01, 2008

Phillipe Senderos is hoping to bring an end to his troubles at Arsenal by securing a move elsewhere.

The Swiss defender was loaned out to Italian giants AC Milan last season after struggling to hold down first-team football at Emirates Stadium.

His situation has failed to improve upon his return to England, with Arsene Wenger preferring William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen as his first-choice centre-half pairing.

Senderos admits his lack of action is starting to give him cause for concern, especially as the 2010 World Cup is drawing ever closer.

He has informed Wenger of his desire to take on a fresh challenge away from North London, and the 24-year-old hopes a deal can be struck during the January transfer window.

“I have held a meeting with Arsene Wenger and I hope the door has been opened for me to leave Arsenal in January,” Senderos told Marca.

“I need to play regularly if I am to make the 2010 World Cup with Switzerland.

“At the moment I do not have this opportunity and I must now consider my options.”

Senderos is reported to be attracting interest from Atletico Madrid and admits he is open to the prospect of a switch to Spain.

“Spain has one of the best leagues in the world and is very attractive to any footballer,” he said. (Sky Sports)

I think it is fair to say that Philippe Senderos is almost certain to make an Emirates exit just as soon as a decent offer comes in for the Swiss International. There is no doubting that the 24 year old has the quality to play for a top level side but just doesn’t have it within him to challenge the players already ahead of him at Arsenal and after a few years trying to get a decent run at first team football he has probably admitted defeat and it would be best for all concerned if he got the move he wishes.

Perhaps a move to Spain would suit the towering centre back and no doubt there are countless sides who would consider a move and Premier League outfits Everton and Aston Villa have reportedly shown an interest in Senderos and it seems that January could well see him leave the club.

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