Senderos in Blues warning
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Philippe Senderos was warned Chelsea that Arsenal will fight back next season.Arsenal's defensive revelation Philippe Senderos has warned Chelsea that The Gunners will fight back to reclaim the Premiership title next year.
After the London rivals drew 0-0 on Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho's men need just five points to wrap up the title, although the 20-year-old was bullish in maintaining that Arsenal could prove themselves as the best side in England.
Arsene Wenger's side have experienced a difficult season as they have capitulated under the challenge of cash-rich Chelsea, and are currently 11 points behind The Blues.
However their impressive young defender has warned that Roman Abramovich's millions will not necessarily guarantee further success against a regrouped Gunners outfit next time around.
"Chelsea have been consistent and have done very well this season, but we've shown there is not a big gap between the two teams," said Senderos.
"Next season, we are going to continue to work hard and show that we are one of the best teams in England - if not the best.
"Money doesn't play football. You have to show it on the pitch and be consistent all season.
"They can buy how many players they want next season, there could be another team for Chelsea.
"But I don't think the money will play on the pitch. The teams will do that and our spirit will show everyone that our team is there.
"We've shown that we've got great character and quality, and we have to keep that going to the end of the season."
Whilst Wenger may feel aggrieved at the manner in which his charges have failed to match Chelsea's charge to the summit of The Premiership, he will undoubtedly be delighted at the progression of his talented band of youngsters.
Cesc Fabregas caught the eye in the early stages of the season, although it has been Senderos who has finished the campaign by announcing his arrival as a talent.
The former Servette man has formed the backbone of a Gunners defence that has conceded just once in nine games, and it is a measure of his new stature that he is a credible contender to edge out England star Sol Campbell.
Impressive performances on the highest stages against Bayern Munich and Chelsea have only underlined his growing credentials, and Senderos believes that he is ready to challenge Campbell for Wenger's affections.
"The coach gave me confidence by playing me at Chelsea and we showed that we are strong defensively," Senderos continued.
"You always get more confidence when you are playing, but I have to keep my feet on the ground.
"I've been playing well and the team has been doing well, which helps me, but now Sol Campbell is coming back and there is competition.
"We will have to fight for our places. That's football. As for the FA Cup final, I will work hard to show I can be ready for that."