Former Arsenal defender William Gallas claimed the prospect of facing Didier Drogba caused former team-mate Philippe Senderos to panic before matches.
Philippe Senderos had a difficult time whenever he faced Chelsea striker Drogba, who scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team he faced in his career.
Didier Drogba scored 13 goals in 15 games against the Gunners, including a brace to inflict a mortal blow on Arsenal’s 2007-08 title challenge and both in the 2007 League Cup Final.
The former Ivorian international was not the only striker Senderos struggled against in over 100 games for the north London side, something which Gallas puts down to particularly strong pre-match nerves.
“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,” he told Le Vestiaire.
“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 unfortunately, when you saw him on the pitch, he lost his playing abilities, he didn’t play well. But against his own team-mates, he played better.”
After seven years at the club, Senderos eventually departed Arsenal in 2010, subsequently spending four years at Fulham. The 33-year-old now plays for MLS side Houston Dynamo.