Arsenal have finished 3rd in their own tournament. No Surprises there.
If there was one man who has caused the most pain in Arsenal’s recent history, it has to be Didier Drogba. If you have never ever felt enraged by Drogba in your life then you have only started watching Arsenal in the past season. This man has scored in what seems like every single game he has played against us. I’ve decided to make a short list of the times he has made me furious:
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal- Carling Cup Final
Arsenal were ahead 1-0 through Walcott’s first ever goal for the club. Things are looking well until a certain Drogba pops up and scores. Fast forward to the last ten minutes and Drogba leaps up and scores a great header to win the Cup for Chelsea.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal- Premier League- April 2008
Arsenal were only 5 points away from finishing first in the 07-08 season. Thanks to a few comical errors throughout the season, Arsenal were left trailing the Chelsea and Utd after being ahead for the majority of the season. Arsenal faced a difficult game at the Bridge but things were going well when Sagna headed home is first Arsenal goal. Arsenal were 1-0 up until some questionable defending led Drogba to smash home the ball for 1-1. Drogba completed his brace later on in the game which virtually ended Arsenal’s title hopes.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal- FA Cup Semi Final
This was one of those games where I would have opened up the ground if I could. Arsenal were well out of the Premier League race although they were doing well in the Champions League having made the Semi Finals. Arsenal faced Chelsea for the first time at Wembley and it was the Gunners who were ahead after the first 15 minutes thanks to a Walcott goal. Almunia was having a good season but it was Fabianksi who started this game for some reason I can’t remember. Malouda beat Fabianksi with a low shot to his near post before Fabianksi made quite a shambolic attempt to stop Drogba from scoring. Fabianski raced from his goal line when Drogba was going away from goal at the edge of the penalty area. Drogba easily rounded Fabianski and it was 2-1 Chelsea.
The less said about these two games we played against Chelsea the better. The first game was 3-0 at home to Chelsea, with Drogba grabbing a brace while the other was a 2-0 home win to Chelsea with a certain player grabbing a brace that day, someone I can’t seem to remember their name. Oh wait, that’s right, it was Drogba.
Drogba had a poor season against Arsenal only scoring two goals in two games. HA! Take that!
Drogba didn’t score against Arsenal that season but once again he made headlines by winning Chelsea the Champions League Final match against Bayern Munich. I’m sorry, but I really wanted Chelsea to lose that match so for him to score in the last minute and then score the winning penalty is almost as bad as him scoring against Arsenal.
Well there you have it ! My worst memories of Drogba. You can’t really add today to that list as it was just a preseason friendly. It wasn’t surprising at all for him to score a brace against us and I’m sure many people would’ve bet on that happening.
One final thought on Drogba. Although I find him to be the nemesis to Arsenal, I do respect him as a player. He does dive occasionally but in the end of the day I’m sure that most fans will just shake his hand and say good game.
Just some quick thoughts on the game today. First off, I was excited to see Sanogo start for the first time. Some first impressions of him are that he looks sort of like a mixture between Diaby and Kanu, he is technically good, and he is not clinical in front of goal. At times it looked like he wasn’t sure what he was supposed to be doing but given the fact that he was on holiday just 4 days ago excuses his lack of precision. It will be interesting to see what type of player he develops into. He seems like this may be a season a too early for him to be starting matches in the League but he definitely did show some glimpses of stardom.
The whole game in general was poor in my opinion. Arsenal didn’t move the ball well enough in midfield or around the box. Ramsey did well in my eyes, although some of you may disagree and just say that he ran a lot. His ball to find Walcott in the first half was superb and it deserved a much better end product. Overall, you can see that there is work to be done and players that need to be bought in order for us to mount a serious title challenge.