Former Arsenal captain William Gallas has revealed his ex-teammate Philippe Senderos suffered panic attacks before matches.
The duo were centre-back partners in an Arsenal side which, despite containing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor, failed to deliver the silverware their collective talent suggested they might.
In particular, that Arsenal group suffered at the hands of Chelsea and their talismanic striker Didier Drogba, who boasted a sensational record of 13 goals in 15 games against the Gunners across all competitions. ‘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 RMC. ‘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.’ Senderos was signed by Arsene Wenger in 2003 and was originally billed as a replacement for legendary captain Tony Adams.
The Switzerland international showed initial promise, keeping Sol Campbell out of the 2005 FA Cup final winning side and playing every match, bar the final, as Arsenal kept 10 consecutive clean sheets en route to the 2006 Champions League final.
Senderos, 33, is currently playing for Houston Dynamo having also represented the likes of Fulham, Aston Villa, Valencia, AC Milan and Rangers.
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