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Philippe Senderos signs for Fulham

Fulham have announced the signing of Swiss defender Philippe Senderos on a three-year deal from Arsenal.

Senderos, 25, was one of Arsenal's longest serving players having joined the club from Servette in June 2003 but was unable to secure a regular first-team place in recent seasons.

He spent the 2008-09 campaign on loan at AC Milan and also made three appearances during a five-month stay at Everton last season as he failed to make an impression under David Moyes.

Senderos famously started the 2005 FA Cup final ahead of Sol Campbell as Arsenal defeated Manchester United on penalties but having been unable to deliver on that early promise at Emirates Stadium, he is now looking forward to a fresh start at Craven Cottage.

"I'm delighted to have finalised my transfer to Fulham earlier today (Tuesday) and happy that I am joining the club during the most successful period in its history," Senderos told the club's official website.

"I will be looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates and of course, Roy Hodgson, a manager I respect very much, shortly after the World Cup. I very much hope that I can contribute over the next few seasons and that the club goes on to achieve more success."

Fulham have sold young defender Chris Smalling to Manchester United and Hodgson feels that in Senderos he has acquired an accomplished replacement.

"Philippe is a player that I have admired for a very long time since he captained Switzerland to the UEFA Under-17 Championship in 2002," Hodgson said.

"He is a strong defender who has great aerial presence at both ends of the field and has a superb work ethic which is a vital component for any team's success. I am very much looking forward to working with Philippe next season."


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