Philippe Senderos has joined Fulham on a free transfer after agreeing a 3-year deal with Roy Hodgson’s men.
The 25-year-old is out-of-contract at the Emirates Stadium and he had already decided his future lies away from Arsenal in January. Senderos joined Arsenal at the end of 2002 from Servette, but he has played just over 50 games for the Gunners – including the run to the Champions League final in the 05/06 season.
He spent some of last season on loan at Everton but David Moyes decided not to pursue a permanent deal despite several astute performances for the Toffees.
Hodgson told Fulham’s official website:
“Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time since he captained Switzerland to the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2002.
“He is a strong defender who has great aerial presence at both ends of the field and has a superb work ethic which is a vital component for any team’s success. I am very much looking forward to working with Philippe next season.”
Contrary to reports, Mark Schwarzer will not be coming to Arsenal as part of the deal for Senderos. The Aussie has been touted as one of Wenger’s likely top targets as he searches for an experienced goalkeeper to fill in while he waits for his existing shot-stoppers to come good.
Meanwhile, Senderos is likely to be the first of many centre back’s leaving the Gunners this summer, with Sol Campbell and William Gallas already out of contract.
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