Former Arsenal star reveals how Arsenal used to be afraid of playing Chelsea

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Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has conceded that the Gunners were usually scared of playing against Chelsea during his time at the club.

For the past two decades, Chelsea have been the biggest club in London, and the Blues have shown their superiority over Arsenal a number of times, and surely Sagna won’t forget the 6-0 bashing they received in the hands of Chelsea in 2014.

Sagna who played 284 times for Arsenal between 2007 and 2014, has opened up on the struggles of his former side.

“I believe we under-evaluated ourselves. Playing for Chelsea image-wise was something different,” Sagna told the Gunners’ In Lockdown Podcast.

“They used their image a lot, they used to have some big players in the national team and we used to talk about them more than they talked about us.

“Maybe in our heads, they were bigger players than us. On the pitch, we had as much quality as they had whenever we played, and when we played the Arsenal way nobody could beat us.

“I believed nobody could beat us. We used to play simple passes, one, two-touches maximum. But I believe we under-evaluated ourselves which is a big mistake in life.”

Sagna added: “We just played game by game and we were winning a lot but obviously and eventually when we had to perform in certain games, we were failing.

“Maybe it was because we put too much pressure on ourselves.

“Most of the games we had to play, we played well and we won. But for example when we had to play against the top four, we found it difficult to play against them at that time.”

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