- Bacary Sagna made 284 appearances for Arsenal in a spell that lasted seven years
- During the period, the Gunners rarely challenged for the title despite often finishing in the top four
- Sagna has admitted his side lacked self-confidence whenever they played in big matches
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has sensationally conceded the Gunners feared playing Chelsea and other top teams during his time at the club.
Sagna spent seven years at the Emirates, having joined Arsenal in 2007 before he dumped the club in 2014 for rivals Man City.
But despite often making the top four during Sagna's stay at the club, Arsenal were seldom title challengers as Man United, City and Chelsea dominated the scene.
And according to the former France international, the Gunners always viewed the Blues as a superior team as they lacked self-confidence and often under evaluated themselves.
"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," he continued.
After more than 280 appearances for the north London club, the 37-year-old swapped Arsenal for Man City in search for more silverwares.
His last match against Chelsea while with the Arsene Wenger side was a 6-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge.
Despite his otherwise decorative career at the Emirates, Sagna won just one FA Cup title.
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His three-year spell at Etihad, however, saw him win just the League Cup trophy before he left for the Major League Soccer.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero has thrown his weight behind his Chelsea teammate N'golo Kante over his decision to boycott training over deadly coronavirus fears.
The Premier League is scheduled to return back to action next month after about two months of suspension due to the ravaging effect of the infection.
Having being given the green light by the UK government to return to training, the Frenchman opted out from the sessions owing to health reasons.
The World Cup-winning star has had health issues in the past after collapsing during training two years ago.
His brother was said to have died due to heart complications weeks before France conquered the world in Russia.
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