By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has faith in Philippe Senderos and believes that time will heel the Swiss defender's wounds.

Senderos earned plaudits for his performances against Milan in the Champions League this season but was criticised for a below-par display when Arsenal crashed out against Liverpool at the Quarter-Final stage.

Wenger rested Senderos for last week's trip to Old Trafford in the wake of his Anfield disappointment but has recalled the 23-year-old for the visit of Reading on Saturday. The Frenchman believes that Senderos will eventually rediscover his confidence and his form.

"Senderos is a genuine and dedicated guy," said Wenger. "Of course he was extremely disappointed by his performance at Liverpool but only time will get him over that.

"He is very strong mentally but the first mistake he made at Liverpool played a big part in the second one. Everybody is a confidence player and the young even more so because they have less experience to rely on.

"He has enough experience but it has been so intense. He has had a lot of critics. He had two outstanding games against Milan home and away and then on Sunday he was not good anymore for anything. That's not right but it's our job.

"If a guy makes a mistake because he doesn't care you treat him differently. But he made a mistake and he cares a lot."

Wenger drafted in Alex Song against Manchester United last weekend and may retain the Cameroon international after a promising display alongside William Gallas. As a result Senderos may have to settle for a place among the substitutes this weekend.

"I don't know [whether to play Senderos straight back in]," said Wenger. "Sometimes you need to give them time to refresh mentally and not put them under too much pressure because if you are already under huge scrutiny and miss another game people kill you even more.

"Sometimes you need to refresh and come back and play again. That's why I kept him out at Manchester."

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Chris Harris 17 Apr 2008