Arsenal legend admits playing Chelsea was very tough as he reveals the Chelsea player he hated to play against

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Former Arsenal star, Robert Pires, has named Chelsea legend John Terry and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, as the toughest and most physical opposition players he faced in the Premier League.

A number of ex internationals have opened up that facing John Terry was a very difficult task. Top strikers and forward players have admitted that it’s always difficult to beat Terry, and Pires has joined the growing list.

The Frenchman joined the Gunners in 2000, and was a part of the Arsene Wenger teams that enjoyed a lot of success, both domestically and in Europe.

However, he has revealed he didn’t always relish coming up against Ferdinand and Terry, as they often proved too difficult to beat, as he also admitted that it was always difficult to face Chelsea.

When asked the individual opponents he found most difficult, he told the MOTD Top 10 Podcast, “In the Premier League, it was John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

“Matches against Chelsea and Manchester United were always hard and Terry and Ferdinand were very tough, very physical,” he added.

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