Sunday, 4 August 2013


Just at a time when Arsenal fans were beginning to get used to the fact that manager Arsene Wenger has decided not to make any further signing claiming the market is crazy after seeing Real Madrid bid £105m for Tottenham's Gareth Bale, Didder Drogba's visit to the Emirate has given them a reason to have a rethink and pray that Wenger brings in someone with experience to help boost their defence line.
Didier Drogba came off the bench to net a late brace that gave Galatasaray a 2-1 victory over Arsenal and secured the Emirates Cup.

The Ivory Coast frontman — who left Chelsea after spearheading their 2012 Champions League final victory before a short stint with Shanghai Shenhua in China — converted a soft penalty on
78 minutes before then producing a crisp finish as the Turks secured their second victory of the weekend tournament, having fallen behind to Theo Walcott's first-half curling effort.
Drogba was introduced for the second half — to some jeers from the home fans, who remembered him as a man who so often tormented Arsenal during his time with Chelsea. Dutch international Wesley Sneijder also came on.

Drogba was straight into the action, fashioning a chance when he turned Per Mertesacker just outside the Arsenal penalty area, but his shot was straight at Szczesny.
Galatasaray were awarded a penalty on 78 minutes by referee Jon Moss when substitute Ignasi Miquel was adjudged to have pushed over Drogba, with contact looking minimal at best.
The former Chelsea man made no mistake from 12 yards to continue his fine scoring form against the Gunners.
Drogba then won it for Galatasaray when he collected a cross-field ball from Sneijder before cutting inside Mertesacker and drilling his shot past the Arsenal keeper.

It will be remembered that Drogba during his time at Chelsea always knew how to penetrate the Arsenal defence, a situation which made Arsene Wenger get his defenders to do a lot of body building to prevent them from being bullied by the Ivorian. After two years off, Drogba has returned to test how strong the Arsenal back line has become since his absence, I guess it wouldn't be a surprise to him that its still very much as before.
With the Emirate cup gone, it time Wenger and his boys to prepare and get ready for next weekend's final pre-season friendly against Manchester City in Helsinki, before the action kicks off for real with the visit of Aston Villa on August 17.

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