There’s an interesting piece about Phil ‘Big’ Senderos in this morning’s Standard, covering his meteoric rise in 2005. It has been pretty amazing, thinking about it. Following the win against Boro, French fop Bob Pires said, “He will be a giant, a great player for now and for the future.” Big words.
Of course, one of the benefits of his emergence is that we now, for the first time this season, have three genuinely good centre-halfs. Had his arrival on the scene come at the beginning of the season, things might have been different. We can only speculate how different our goals against could have been with him firing on all cylinders, but in the six league games he has started, we’ve let in three goals.
And don’t necessarily expect him or Toure to make way for Sol, is the message (psychologically astute on more than one level) from Wenger. “Senderos has emerged as a hard competitor for everyone”, he said. So Sol’s on his toes, Toure’s on his toes, and of course, Senderos is champing at the bit.
I’m not so sure – I think Sol, when fit, is a definite starter. It’s up to Phil to make sure he plays next to him. Maybe Saturday?