Former Gunner Philippe Senderos has announced his retirement from football.

The 34 year old joined Arsenal in 2003, and was in the team that beat Man Utd in the FA Cup final in 2005.

Arriving in North London ahead of other options like Real Madrid, his career began in promising fashion, but injuries meant he never fulfilled the potential Arsene Wenger saw in him.

After loan spells at AC Milan and Everton, he left permanently in 2010, joining Fulham where he spent four injury hit years.

After that he played for Valencia, Aston Villa, Grasshoppers, Rangers, and spent time with Houston Dynamo in MLS before finishing up at FC Chiasso in his native country. He also won 57 caps for Switzerland, and played at three World Cups.

He remains best known for his time at Arsenal though, and last year I spoke to him on the Arsecast about his life, career and his time at a club which he still holds very fondly in his heart.

Have a listen.

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Cygan’sbaldspot
Cygan’sbaldspot

So he’s available on a free

Anders Limpar
Anders Limpar

So is Johan Djourou.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

That pair would do better than Luis and Papas even today. They were lot doubts about their quality but not about them getting us to top four.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

So is Ancelotti, for about another hour, until he signs for Everton

C.B.
C.B.

‘Lehmann still holds the record with the most consecutive clean sheets in the UEFA Champions league with 10. His back four was for the most part: Eboue, Senderos, Toure and Flamini. This was the 2006-campaign.’

995 minutes without conceding, Senderos should be proud.

Reality check
Reality check

Decent, intelligent player, could speak 5 languages but wasn’t cut out for alpha dominance battles. He was also the first and poster boy for the soft ‘underbelly’ tag that we carry to this day. Never came back from that dreaded Drogba encounter, made him doubt his ownself..

James
James

That defence just shows how important it is to have a midfield who can control the game and help the defence out. Our midfield just let everyone through.

Akari
Akari

And to add to that he was part of a Swiss defense that again did not concede a goal in normal play in a World Cup until he dislocated his shoulder. From there missed the start of the season which allowed some block to start instead and that was the downfall of the Arsenal and Senderos.

Banger
Banger

so is Saloman Kalou

Amusa
Amusa

Man I would still take him over Luiz. How that man has survived being at Chelsea and Arsenal is amazing.

"Thierry Bergkamp

Arsenal legend! Part of the back 4 that got to the CL final without conceding, and still searching for Drogba in his pocket.

Thomas
Thomas

Lol what are you on about? He was basically Drogbas bitch.

"Thierry Bergkamp

I was trying to big up one of our former heroes. Keep up mate.

Tim
Tim

Classy right there.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Sarcasm was wasted on you mate

Tim
Tim

May want to google “sarcasm” though mate

Shance
Shance

Did his best, but Drogba took his soul.

Geefive
Geefive

Drogba always had our number. Ugh…..

Geefive
Geefive

I shudder every time i revisit those memories….

hustle6
hustle6

I still feel guilty how we sent him out as an inexperienced teenage CB in a team with not much defensive support and blamed him when he was getting annihilated by Drogba etc.

Chambers still can’t get past that montero moment imagine how Sendaros felt getting run ragged week in week out.

Good dude tho, I’m sure he’ll have a good post-playing career.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

He should now have a coffee with Drogba as part of a therapy against post traumatic disorders. This is very important.

Francesc
Francesc

Oh the senderos days.. he laid the foundation for our error prone defending.. strong foundation I must say.. ?

David C
David C

2006 CL – he was an absolute beast for us!

Best wishes, hopefully you continue working in football.

Goatee_of_Pires
Goatee_of_Pires

That’s our January loan option no 1 gone.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

Option no 2. Kim kallstrom. I don’t even care if he’s retired

Goatee_of_Pires
Goatee_of_Pires

We’ll probably end up with a 35 year old winger with a broken neck and fractured testicle.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I think Chelsea sold us a defender that fits that description.

Amusa
Amusa

Amazing how we left Kosc and Monreal go, both of them would be guaranteed starters.

SB Still
SB Still

I think that’s why they left. At that age in the rough and tumble of the premier league, their careers would be shortened by an yr or 2.

swissgooner
swissgooner

despite his technical limits i much rather liked him wearing our shirt than his/my compatriots xhaka and lichtsteiner. very committed player but always on the fair side of the game.

Teakster
Teakster

He made a cute little ‘thank you’ video here – https://twitter.com/Philsend4/status/1206582153041129473

Richard Bartram
Richard Bartram

Cheers for the link

Chrispy
Chrispy

I thought he retired whilst still playing for us but he still got game time.

CountLeaf
CountLeaf

saw those on twitter first catching only his name in the subject.

initial thought was we’re announcing him as the new manager.

Maurice
Maurice

He scored on my first visit to the Emirates, 3-2 win v Sunderland.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Wishing you all the best in life, Bro.
Blessings

DaDude
DaDude

Thank you Philippe and all the very best for your future. You always gave everything you had. It has been a pleasure to see you play for The Arsenal.

The Spoon
The Spoon

Well we need coaches apperantly. Get the old gang together to give this lot some lessons.

Canadagoon
Canadagoon

I’ll remember him for being part of that backline that set such an unlikely but amazing clean sheet streak in the 2006 Champions League. As a guy who played for Arsenal since he was young and spoke something like 6 languages fluently I always thought he might lead us to trophies one day. Oh well. All the best

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Thanks, Big Phil. Loved your heart – you always gave 100% and that matters.

Laca New Signing
Laca New Signing

He had his flaws, but what a great Champions League run in 2006! Unbeaten all the way from group stage up to the final in which Wenger messed up by breaking the invincible CB pairing (with Kolo You’re) to introduce an unfit Sol Campbell (just back from injury) just to appease the British media crying wolf at “no British player in a team representing England” bla bla bla. Quite tellingly it was him that got turned upside down by Samuel Etoo in the buildup to the sending off of mad Jens. The rest as we know it is sad history.

All the best big Phil and thanks for the memories buddy!

Laca New Signing
Laca New Signing

*Kolo Toure . Fuck auto correct

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

part of a record breaking defence in our run the the 2006 champions league final. Along with Flamini as RB.

Fact.

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Flamini was LB actually

Cliff Drake
Cliff Drake

Makes me feel old seeing a young prospect being old enough to retire