In a world full of highly-paid and ungrateful footballers it is refreshing to know that people like Philippe Senderos still exist.
Fresh from his loan move from Arsenal to Everton the Swiss defender produced these comments about his former club:
“They gave me a fair chance. But at big clubs you have a lot of players and two or three games a week and, if they come in and do well, they will take your place. That’s what happened to me. I don’t think I’ve been unfairly treated apart from the last few months but even then the players in the team were doing well and staying in.”
“I am not bitter at leaving. Arsenal are a big club who gave me a lot and I owe a lot to them. They took me from Switzerland when I was 18 and I got to play in a Champions League final and to win the FA Cup. I am proud to say I was an Arsenal player but I couldn’t go on not playing every week. I needed to move. I didn’t just move to Everton for opportunities, I’ve moved to Everton because it’s a massive club and I can see myself growing as a player and as a man here.”
We heard endless stories from Arsene Wenger and other members of the Arsenal Football Club about the class and intelligence of Senderos right from the day he joined the club at age 18. He was touted as the future of the Arsenal defence and a potential captain and although it hasn’t worked out it’s great to see he has still maintained a good relationship with the manager and the club.
To see him go out with such dignity – reflecting on his own ability to accept the challenges he faced rather than blaming everyone else – is hugely refreshing. It’s clear that he is grateful for the chance that Wenger and the club took when they signed him and a little disappointed that he wasn’t able to pay them back with his performances on the pitch.
After reading these comments there wouldn’t be an Arsenal support out there who doesn’t wish Philippe all the best in his future endeavours. At 24 he still has the world ahead of him and a club like Everton could turn out to be the perfect place for him to kick-start a career that undoubtedly stalled at Arsenal with the likes of Johan Djourou progressing more quickly and Thomas Vermaelen adapting remarkably well.
So I say good luck to Philippe at his new club as well as thank-you for remaining humble and dignified in his departure.
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