Wenger: Senderos is top Drog
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Philippe Senderos has been tipped to come out on top in his duel with Didier Drogba.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped Philippe Senderos to come out on top in his duel with striking nemesis Didier Drogba this Sunday.
Kolo Toure is suspended and William Gallas is injured so an onus will fall on the broad shoulders of Swiss international Senderos.
In an intriguing sub-plot, the match will pit Senderos against Drogba - an opponent who last season got the better of him on more than one occasion.
But Wenger believes the tables could be turned at Stamford Bridge.
"It will be a challenge but Senderos will play," the Frenchman said. "He's had some tough games against Drogba. He can show he has improved a lot from last year.
"He had some very good games in the Champions League last season. We didn't concede for 10 games so I'm very confident he will do well.
"Drogba is playing well but this is part of a learning process. Today, Senderos is more experienced and he can show that against Drogba.
"I'm not worried about the situation. Drogba has got better and Senderos has as well. Who has improved the most? We'll answer that on Sunday."
Meanwhile, The Gunners have issued a statement to fans attending the match.
Visiting supporters have been warned against the taunting of Ashley Cole, who could be in for a rough ride from the away end following his controversial departure from Arsenal in August.
A statement issued said: "Those of you attending the Chelsea game will know there are a number of actions planned against individuals at Chelsea by a small minority of Arsenal fans.
"The club would like all supporters to be aware that anyone found to be bringing in inflatable mobile phones or fake bank notes will be either refused entry or ejected from the ground.
"Arsenal do not tolerate any foul or abusive behaviour and we are working closely with both Chelsea and the relevant authorities to ensure that Sunday's match will be played in a safe and positive environment."