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Didier Drogba returns to haunt Arsenal again

Monday, August 5, 2013

Didier Drogba returned to haunt Arsenal as the ex-Chelsea striker bagged a late double to win the Emirates Cup for Galatasaray on Sunday.

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Galatasaray player Didier Drogba celebrates after winning the Emirates Cup game against Arsenal

Photo: Reuters

Arsenal took the lead five minutes before half-time when a Theo Walcott cross elduded everyone in the Galatasaray box, including goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

However, the introduction of both Drogba and Wesley Sneijder at half-time changed the game.

The Turkish side were awarded a penalty on 78 minutes when substitute Ignasi Miquel was adjudged to have pushed over Drogba, with contact looking minimal at best.

Drogba picked himself up to send Wojciech Szczęsny the wrong way from 12 yards.

Then, in the 87th minute, Drogba monstered Arsenal again with a classy finish.

The Ivorian displayed a wonderful bit of control off a Sneijder pass to fire in left-footed to continue his fine scoring form against the Gunners.

While with Chelsea, Drogba scored 13 goals in 14 matches against Arsenal, the most goals he's tallied against a single opponent in his career.

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger told reporters: "Drogba did well when he come on. You could see he has kept that physical strength and that intelligent game and he finished well.

"But I must say we were exhausted in the end, especially Per Mertesacker who played the two full games after just coming back from Asia, and he (Drogba) took advantage.

"I think honestly the penalty was very, very, very, very, very, very soft. It was a classic Drogba."


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