By Richard Clarke
This evening, Philippe Senderos has a "new start".
When the centre half joined Milan on loan in August 2008 it was widely anticipated that he would not come back to Emirates Stadium. However injury restricted the 24-year-old to just 20 games for the Rossoneri and he returned to Arsenal in the summer.
In pre-season Arsène Wenger admitted he was open to offers for the Swiss international. But fate would intervene. A six-month knee injury to Johan Djourou, ironically with the same national team, saw Senderos stay and, this evening against West Brom, he will make his first competitive appearance for Arsenal since May 2008.
"I don't believe he is starting his career with us again because we know how good he is but it is a new start let's say," remarked Wenger.
"We have already seen his quality and he is still very young for a centre back. He's 24 years-old and he has the future in front of him. The best 10 years are now coming for him.
"Philippe is an intelligent boy with a very good attitude and you don't ever question that.
"His position at the moment is that we have four centre backs and he is one of the four because Djourou is out for nearly the season. In this job you have always to be ready and the day you get the chance you can do well. If you are not ready, everybody will say he is not good enough to play for Arsenal Football Club.
"Now he is back with us so we will just give him a chance."