Philippe Senderos admits that returning to Arsenal in the summer felt like "coming home".

The Swiss defender spent last season on loan at AC Milan and arrived back in England with his future up in the air. Many expected Senderos to leave Emirates Stadium during the transfer window but he is still an Arsenal player and made his first appearance for the Club since May 2008 when he helped the young Gunners keep a clean sheet and beat West Brom in the Carling Cup.

With Johan Djourou sidelined with a long-term knee injury, Senderos is challenging for a regular spot in Arsène Wenger's side. And he admits he is still in love with Arsenal and London.

"Returning here felt like coming back home, definitely," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"It has been a bit frustrating because I thought I might have been more involved. Another difficulty has been that at the beginning of the season I thought I was on my way. If I was not going to be playing, I wanted to find something else, but then Johan Djourou sustained an injury, which was really unfortunate for him, and the Club needed me to stay.

"I had a few possibilities, but in the end it wasn’t the right thing for the Club or me. I’ll say this to anyone – I love London and love Arsenal, and wanted to stay here, but obviously I need to feature around the team."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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25 Sep 2009