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Wenger: We Must Cut Off The Drog's Balls

Wenger: We Must Cut Off The Drog's Balls

When it comes to Arsenal vs Chelsea the topic of conversation always leads in one direction, how Didier Drogba has made us look like mugs for as long as I can remember (my wife would tell you that isn't very long, but that's by the by).

There's little point in trying to hide from the fact that every time we face Chelsea, Drogba scores, and more often than not, they win. It's frustrating, it's annoying and it's very very costly. And it has to stop.

Arsene Wenger has spoken of the importance of stopping the supply to the big Ivorian, and the striker himself, if Arsenal are to move back up to second in the table and maintain the chase of both Manchesters.

'Drogba has always been very efficient against us. He is a big-game player,' said Wenger.

'Recently when Chelsea were in trouble against Tottenham, who turned up? It was Drogba again.

'When you play against Chelsea he is the guy you need to keep quiet. The way he works in tandem with Frank Lampard is also important. Lampard always finds Drogba when he plays so we have to stop that.'

'If you look at the statistics, defending against Drogba is one of the keys, if not the biggest key, of the game.'

Chelsea have been very brittle over the last couple of months, but they've slowly gotten back up to almost full strength, to go into the game thinking we could win because they're off form would be a huge mistake, we need to play them as if they're firing on all cylinders.

Due to our irritating ability to completely give up the ghost in big games I'm not very optimistic about tonight, but there was a time when Chelsea just couldn't get a win against us ..... the tide has to turn at some point. Let's hope it's tonight.

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Date:Monday December 27 2010
Time: 1:58PM


Were coming to get those Balls Didier, Armed with a spud gun and a butter knife ;) can't see us stopping him notching without our most powerful and aerially dominant defender (JD) but do think with Cesc and possibly RVP back were good for a goal or 2......oh and Song STAY!
27/12/2010 14:29:00
Not to take away from his scoring stats against us, the fact is Drogba can score against just about any team, on his day. French speaking players tend to raise their game playing against Arsenal and I feel Drogba got early encouragement from our defense and has that 'advantage' everytime we've met thereafter. This has to stop soon/some time. The suggestion that Lampard supplies him may be too simplistic as he makes his own opportunities as well and has, simply, gotten lucky against us. I would have picked Djourou to do a job on him for physicality; Kos, though has a style that keeps him tight on his man and should keep Drogba quiet. Just take a cue from how Brazilian Lucio beat him at his own game when Inter eliminated Chelsea in the last CL (he fouled the defender more times than he did him). I take solace in that game to say it is possible to stop and frustrate Drogba. But, there are other potential scorers who must be watched too.
27/12/2010 14:35:00
i wish u luck arsenal i say ur gonna beat us 8-0 CHELSEA RULE
27/12/2010 15:10:00
Players make there names in games like these. Kos has spoken before about playing at a higher level with a club like Arsenal, and how it should raise his profile for international recognition. Well laddy, nothing will do that more for you then taking the sting out of the drog, as pretty much no Arsenal defender has managed that in his Chelsea career! He should go into this game relishing the challenge! And not be absorbed by fear like many players before. It used to wind me up watching Toure get turned inside out by him game after game. Kos has to use his strengths, his strength not being one of them....confusing? Kos is more of a thinking defender..... a technical defender, similar to Ferdinand although not at his level. The likes of Keown and Adams would have loved playing against the Drog, and I'm pretty sure Drogba would have hated playing against them! I think the big key in the Drog V's our back line, is that Drogba is not scared of them. That is why the likes of Kos, Squill and Verminator have to try and enjoy playing against their nemesis, just as Adams and Keown would have!
27/12/2010 16:07:00
Should be a great game either way, provided Clattenburg doesn't have a shocker! Neither of our defenses are exactly air-tight at the moment and the attacking options for both teams makes for a very open game. Looking forward to it!
27/12/2010 17:03:00
I have serious doubts with putting up tiny Squillaci and Koscielny against a monster like Drogba. Your CBs, without the help of Song will win very little balls in the air and thats not mentioning Drogba's pace and STRENGTH. But on the other side of the field, Arsenal still are a very good attacking side so it should be a good game.
27/12/2010 17:19:00
Drogbas off form and unfit - You need to take advantage of this
27/12/2010 18:19:00
That bloody Orc always comes good against us. We need to shackle him I say. Slay that bloody Morgul rat
27/12/2010 18:56:00
good luck lads, let's hope it's a good clean game and a real show-piece event!
27/12/2010 19:17:00
HY, I wouldn't say that Drogba is 'off form and unfit'. He did come up with the goods against you lot, after coming on as a sub and has had two weeks to improve his fitness since then. If he doesn't do well against us today, I will take that as progress for this side.
27/12/2010 19:24:00
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