Drogba haunts careless Arsenal
Didier Drogba returned to haunt Arsenal as the Ivory Coast striker scored both goals in Galatasaray's 2-1 victory in the Emirates Cup yesterday.
Drogba made a habit of scoring against Arsene Wenger’s team when he was at Chelsea and, after appearing as a half-time substitute, his strikes overturned Theo Walcott's first half opener and ensured the Turkish team won the four-team pre-season tournament.
Wenger’s men paid the price at their Emirates Stadium for failing to make the most of early pressure and Drogba’s contribution highlighted just why Wenger is trying to add Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to his squad.
With the pursuit of Suarez having so far failed despite Arsenal making a bid over 40 million pounds for the Uruguay international, France under-20 striker Yaya Sanogo is the only pre-season addition to Wenger’s squad.
Sanogo’s inclusion in the starting line-up attracted much of the attention following Wenger’s claims the youngster was a “top class” striker who would surprise many this season.
And the former Auxerre youngster was handed an immediate opportunity to make an impression when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dispossessed Semih Kaya and picked out his unmarked teammate in the visitors' penalty area.
Sanogo made room for a left foot shot but was unable to find a way past Fernando Muslera, Galatasaray’s Uruguayan goalkeeper. The youngster again found himself free inside the Galatasaray area shortly before half time.