Milan to Sign Senderos on Loan

Arsenal have confirmed Phillipe Senderos is to sign for AC Milan on a season long loan deal though a whether the deal becomes permanent is yet to be decided.

It was initially thought Senderos had signed a loan deal with a view to sign permanently for around £6.8million if he impresses however at the moment it is just a loan deal in order for the Swiss defender to get more games.

Speaking at a press conference, Arsene Wenger said, “The thinking [behind the move] is that at the moment he doesn’t get the games here and that he can play somewhere and remain in a top level club. Without losing him we want him to play. It (whether the transfer will become permanent) is not decided yet. For us, we have Johan Djourou, Kolo Toure, Senderos, Alexandre Song, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre, who can play centre-back, so there is congestion there.”

Signed from Servette for £2.5million, the Swiss international made an immediate impression for Arsenal partnering Sol Campbell in the heart of defence as the Gunners went the last 10 matches of the 2004/05 season unbeaten. Since then Senderos has looked less assured usually making costly mistakes however he is regarded as a potential good player and has made improvements to his game. Arsenal Column wishes Phillipe the best of luck where ever he plays for.

What does this mean for the Gunners?

Milan have been looking to raid the talent at the Emirates after signing midfielder Matthieu Flamini and having been continously been courting Emmanuel Adebayor unsuccesfully throughout the summer. With Alexandr Hleb gone to Barcelon, Gilberto to Panathiniakos and Jens Lehmann some of Arsenal’s most experienced players have now left the club. With a new signing looking unlikely with each coming day and injuries hampering the start to the new season, Arsenal’s already threadbare squad is becoming thinner.

Midfield still seems to be the weakest area with a bad combination of injuries and experience concerning Gunners’ fans. Denilson and makeshift central midfielder Eboue have not impressed too much as a partner to compliment Fabreagas while Ramsey, Gibbs, Randall are deemed too inexperienced though they have high potential. Nasri has played well but it is a concern for the Gunners if the senior midfielders do get injured. Arsenal will be hoping Fabregas, Rosicky and Nasri are fit for most of the season while whoever partners Cesc must be sharp defensively as well as helping offensively.

Fabregas’ Friends

Only two remain of the fantastic four of last season as Hleb and Flamini leave, leaving Fabregas and Rosicky. The two who have left of course are known as Cesc’s best friends at Arsenal and Senderos has also gone, leaving only Rosicky. Cesc has called for Alonso to join recently however whether he is in the manager’s plans or maybe cost too much is unknown.

INS: Carlos Vela (granted work permit), Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City, £5million), Samir Nasri (Marseille, undisclosed), Amaury Bischoff (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Mikael Silvestre (Man United, £750,000).

Total:5 in for approximately £20 mill

OUTS: Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan, free transfer), Jens Lehmann (Stuttgart, free transfer), Alexander Hleb (Barcelona, £11.8million), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos, £1million), Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough £3million), Phillipe Senderos (AC Milan, season-loan loan), Armand Traore (Portsmouth,season-loan loan).         Others: Kerrea Gilbert (Leicester City, season-loan loan), Havard Nordtveit and Pedro (UD Salamanca, 6 month and season-loan loan), Nacer Barazite (Derby, 1 month loan)

Total:5 out for approximately £18 mill, 6 loans

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