By Richard Clarke

According to Arsène Wenger, Philippe Senderos has improved in the past 12 months and he has backed the Swiss centre half to cope with Didier Drogba on Sunday.

Arsenal and Chelsea meet at Stamford Bridge at the weekend in a mouthwatering Premiership clash. In this fixture last season Drogba beat Senderos to turn in the only goal. That came a few weeks after the Ivorian had put in an eye-catching performance in the Community Shield.

With Kolo Toure and William Gallas suspended, Senderos will be drafted into the side to partner Johan Djourou. Wenger backed the elder of the Swiss duo to overcome any Drogba demons.

"It is a big challenge for him," said the manager. "But he will play. He has had some good games against Drogba and he has improved a lot. What is good for him at his age is that next year you can always go out and prove that.

"It is all part of the learning process for him. Last year he had some very good games in the Champions League when we went 10 games without conceding a goal and I am very confident he will do well.

"Philippe is more experienced today and he can show that in a game against Drogba."

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Richard Clarke 8 Dec 2006