Even as the ‘Wenger-out’ parade seemingly increases in size (or shrinks) with every absurd Arsenal TV interview, the clubs beleaguered French manager at least has the welcome distraction of an FA Cup Final against table topper Chelsea following yesterdays semi-final win over Man City.
Whilst Arsene Wenger won’t exactly be sleeping easy with the prospect of facing an absurdly talented Blues forward line, the fact that Didier Drogba is no longer a goal scoring threat will bring a massive sigh of relief for a manager desperate to end his long tenure on a high.
The Ivorian striker scored an incredible 16 goals in 16 appearances against Arsenal, a tally nicely collated in the below list.
2005 Community Shield: 2 goals (Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal)
August 2005, Premier League: 1 goal (Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal)
2007 League Cup final: 2 goals (Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal)
March 2008, Premier League: 2 goals (Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal)
2009 FA Cup semifinal: 1 goal (Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea)
November 2009, Premier League: 2 goals (Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea)
February 2010, Premier League: 2 goals (Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal)
October 2010, Premier League: 1 goal (Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal)
Emirates Cup 2013 (with Galatasaray): 2 goals (Arsenal 1-2 Galatasaray)
July 2016, MLS All-Star game: 1 goal (MLS All-Stars 1-2 Arsenal)
Ugly reading for any Arsneal fan.
Whilst Drogba is currently thousands of miles away from London, currently plying his trade the US’ second tier for Phoenix Rising, he did make time to throw a dig the way of Arsenal, in the form of a biting tweet.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) April 23, 2017
Whilst the Wenger’s side will no doubt be considered the underdogs for the up and coming Wembley final, Gunners fans will at least take heart their side dug in deep and eventually delivered when truly against the cosh against Pep Guardiola’s side.