Ex-Arsenal defender, William Gallas has said in an interview that defensive partner Philippe Senderos used to have panic attacks before matches against Chelsea due to Dieder Drogba.
“I knew Philippe Senderos, before a match he would need to speak a lot, you could see that he was sweating, that he did not feel good,” Gallas told the reporters.
“Especially against certain players. I saw him against Chelsea, against Didier Drogba, where he would genuinely panic, like he was going through his match before playing it.”
And no wonder – in 15 games against the Gunners, Drogba scored 13 goals and ended up on the losing side just once.
Senderos played over 100 times for Arsenal, where he was incredibly highly-rated as a youngster. However, that didn’t translate to the professional game and Arsène Wenger ultimately lost faith in the former Switzerland international.
“Unfortunately, when you saw him on the pitch, he lost his playing abilities,” Gallas added.
“He didn’t play well. But against his own team-mates, he played better.”
Many fans questioned Wenger’s decision to stick with Senderos at the time but, if he performed so well in training, that becomes easier to understand.