Didier Drogba’s hold over Arsene Wenger as Chelsea icon “still haunting” Arsenal legend – The Mirror

Speaking five years ago, Arsene Wenger said: “He has always harmed us, and he continues. He’s a winner and I think that he’ll be like that until the end of his life.

“At half-time, I was thinking ‘He’s still haunting us, even in the United States!’

“Drogba is a typical poacher of a goal. He can do that in the box. When I see him in the box and fighting with young defenders I always think that now there is danger there because you know he will get the upper hand and score you a goal and that’s what he did.”

Didier Drogba seemingly loved stepping on the pitch when Arsene Wenger was in the opposite dugout.

Throughout the Frenchman’s tenure when Drogba played, he ran Wenger’s defences riot and dominated matches.

Dider Drogba loved playing against Arsene Wenger and boasts a fantastic record against the Frenchman
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With a stunning record of 15 goals in 16 games, Drogba was more or less guaranteed a goal every time he lined up against Wenger’s team.

Something that continued even after retirement.

In a charity match on Wednesday night, Drogba remained a thorn in Wenger’s side, bagging a hat-trick in an emphatic 7-4 win over him.

In a match between Marseille legends and a UNICEF XI led by the French manager, Wenger must have been left with a familiar sinking feeling as he could only watch Drogba dominate his side even as he threw 16 players onto the pitch.

Despite taking the lead early on, going 2-1 ahead, Drogba’s hat-trick helped his side to victory as he continues to haunt Wenger.

Former Arsenal stars Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri and Jens Lehmann all appeared during the game, but it was the Blues legend who grabbed the headlines.

This was far from the first time Drogba has bested Wenger.

In the League Cup final in 2007, Drogba was instrumental in a heated affair that saw Chelsea pip Arsenal 2-1 in the final ten minutes.

Howard Webb had the tough job of overseeing a match that saw Emmanuel Eboue retrospectively banned for punching Wayne Bridge, John Terry kicked in the head, and a brawl erupt after the game.

Even Wenger was not immune and after pointed comments about the linesman, was fined £2,500.

Didier Drogba netted a hat-trick as a team of Marseille legends beat Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI

However, Drogba rose above the situation.

Despite slumping behind to a 12th-minute goal from Theo Walcott, Drogba responded immediately and then he would go onto snatch the trophy with a bullet header in the 83rd minute.

A few years later, during the 2009/10 Premier League season, Drogba had a field day both home and away to Wenger’s side.

Four goals across the two games helped the Ivorian on his way to becoming the top scorer in the league.

The away tie saw two ex-Arsenal stars, Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka, returning once more to Arsenal but Drogba stole the show.

At Stamford Bridge, it was Drogba’s game as well as he scored both in the 2-0 win.

Then, in the same season, in the FA Cup semi-final, Wenger once again was forced to watch as Drogba scored in the final ten minutes against his side.

Theo Walcott, who similarly might have a penchant for scoring against Chelsea, put Arsenal ahead.

But the lead did not last as Chelsea put the Gunners under more and more pressure until Lampard’s looping volley set Drogba off.

He calmly went around the keeper and slotted into the empty net, sending the Chelsea fans into rapturous cheers, and leaving Wenger wandering just what he did to Drogba to bring about his goalscoring wrath in such a way.

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