In a charity match, Didier Drogba scores a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s all-star XI.
Ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in a charity tournament in France, leading a squad of Marseille legends to victory over a UNICEF side managed by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Didier Drogba, a Chelsea great, scored a hat-trick in a charity match in France against an all-star XI managed by ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Drogba was competing in the ‘Match Des Heros,’ which pitted Marseille’s finest players against a UNICEF team headed by Wenger.
The striker’s team had gone down 2-1, but he took advantage of a defensive mix-up to equalize before performing his famous arm-pumping and knee-sliding celebration.
In a contest that featured former Gunners Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini, Samir Nasri, and Jens Lehmann, the 43-year-old also scored the fourth and fifth goals for his club, helping to consign Wenger’s side to a 7-4 defeat.
Drogba retired from football in 2018, capping a 20-year career that included only one season in Marseille.
He is, however, highly regarded at the Ligue 1 club, having scored 32 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions during that single season.
Apart from his great record, Drogba had a penchant for scoring against Arsenal, so his three goals against Wenger were particularly fitting.
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Drogba scored 13 goals for Chelsea in 15 outings versus the north London side.
After scoring yet another goal against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly for the MLS All-Star team in 2016, Wenger admitted the hurt he had caused the Gunners.
“He has always injured us, and he continues to do so,” he stated. He’s a winner, and I believe he’ll continue to be such till the end of his life.
“At halftime, I thought to myself, ‘He’s still haunting us, even in America!'”
Drogba is a typical goal poacher. That’s something he can accomplish in the box.
“I always believe there’s danger when I see him in the box fighting with young defenders because you know he’ll gain the upper hand and score a goal, and that’s exactly what he did.”
Drogba’s place in Premier League legend has been questioned in the past, with the Ivorian scoring 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, which is less than one goal every two games.