Arsenal can today confirm that Swiss defender Philippe Senderos has joined Italian club AC Milan on loan for the coming season.

Senderos, 23, joined the Gunners from FC Servette, the leading club in his home city of Geneva, in the summer of 2003.

In his time with the Club Philippe has won the FA Cup in 2005 and played a part in the defence that kept a record 10 Champions League clean sheets in 2005/06.

Philippe has made 115 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals, and the Swiss international had several highlights last season, including a superb performance in the 2-0 win at the San Siro and a second goal of the season against Blackburn at Emirates Stadium.

Philippe is also a regular at the heart of the Swiss national team’s defence – scoring in the 2006 World Cup and playing every minute of his country’s Euro 2008 campaign in his home country. Born to a Spanish father and Serbian mother, Philippe has represented Switzerland at every age group from Under-15s upwards, and skippered the Under-17s to European Championship glory in 2002.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Philippe the very best for the coming season and his time with AC Milan.

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27 Aug 2008