Senderos signs for Everton
Philippe Senderos has joined Everton on loan for the rest of the 2009/10 season.
The Swiss defender has been open about his desire to leave Arsenal to gain more first-team football before the World Cup and should find that at his new club. With Lucas Neill off to Galatasaray the chance is there for Senderos to step straight into the team and play a big part in the second half of Everton’s season.
This will be Senderos’ second time on loan since joining Arsenal in 2003 with a stint in Italy with AC Milan for the whole of last season. I don’t think anyone quite knows why the defender has fallen so far out of favour but had it not been for Johan Djourou’s serious knee injury then Senderos would probably have left Arsenal over the summer.
As it is with Senderos desperate for football to make Switzerland’s World Cup squad and Thomas Vermaelen, William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and new boy Sol Campbell standing in the way, it would have been harsh by Arsene Wenger to stop the defender from leaving.
Whether we’ll see him again is debatable – although the fact that he hasn’t signed a permanent deal with Everton suggests he may still have a future at Arsenal.
Stoke team news
Arsene Wenger gave a big indication of the team he is going to play against Stoke in yesterday’s pre-game press conference.
Based on these comments this is the team I’d expect:
Coquelin Campbell Silvestre Traore
Thomas Eastmond Denilson
Walcott Vela Wilshere
While that is the team I’m expecting there are a couple of alterations that might be made.
Wenger could look for Cesc Fabregas to lead the team and play him from the start, while Kyle Bartley may indeed play at centre-half instead of Sol Campbell. Craig Eastmond could play at right-back while Eduardo or Andrey Arshavin might be called upon to play in the front three.
Based on that team we’re going to have our work cut out to beat a decent Stoke side on their own turf, yet I’m still hopeful that this young team can get the job done.
Come on boys!
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