By Richard Clarke

Wednesday's clash at Portsmouth will see the end of a three-month spell in which Philippe Senderos has played every minute of every game.

His run of 21 games since January 7 has coincided with Arsenal's best prolonged period of the season at home and abroad. It is worth remembering Senderos turned 22 during this sequence - a tender age to be playing such a pressure position. Even though he is resting him on Wednesday for the return of Sol Campbell, his manager believes the Swiss international's strength of character cannot be questioned.

"Philippe is completely focused and completely dedicated to the game," said Arsène Wenger. "You have to consider that he is only 22. But he is not scared to play and wants the ball. He has quite an efficient technique with both feet and is very keen to learn always. He's good in the air and has a strong physique. He is suited to English football.

"I first saw him with Switzerland Under17s winning the European Championship. Also he played for Servette very young and was a leader in the team. It was a big, big step coming here and it took some time to adapt."

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Richard Clarke 11 Apr 2006