14. Philippe Senderos

Date of birth: 14th February 1985
Place of birth: Geneva, Switzerland
Nationality: Swiss
Position: Defender
Year signed: 2014
Signed from: Valencia
Fee paid: Free Transfer

Philippe Senderos came through the youth set-up at Servette. After a few appearances, he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.

The defender signed for Arsenal in December 2002, but remained at Servette until the following summer.

His Arsenal career didn’t get off to the best of starts, with Senderos picking up numerous injuries in his first season in England. Funnily enough, that was the year the Gunners went on to win the league, undefeated.

He made his Premier League debut three years after signing when he replaced the injured Sol Campbell in the 82nd minute of a game.

Shortly after joining Arsenal, Senderos’ father (also his agent) revealed that he turned down a move to Real Madrid in favour of a move to London.

Towards the end of his Arsenal career he had loan spells with Italian giants AC Milan and Everton before signing for Fulham in 2010 on a free transfer.

He made 113 appearances for the Gunners during an eight-year spell with the club.

Just as had happened when he signed for Arsenal, Senderos had several injury issues after moving to Craven Cottage, limiting him to just three appearances in his first season. Once he regained fitness, he became a regular starter for the next two seasons. The defender made 65 appearances during a four-year spell with Fulham before being loaned to Valencia in January 2014, making just 11 appearances at Los Che.

On June 5th 2014, Philippe Senderos agreed to a two-year contract with Aston Villa. He was signed by Paul Lambert, who said in the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup that “This will be Philippe’s third World Cup finals and there aren’t too many players who compete at that level over that stretch of time. He’ll be a great addition to the group.”

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