The press, after the F.A. Cup exit: Wenger – Drogba was too good
Written by James on April 19, 2009 6:00
Wenger – Drogba was too good
Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal failed to cope with the considerable talents of Didier Drogba on Saturday.
The Gunners came up short in their quest to reach the FA Cup final this weekend when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.
Drogba’s Late Goal Sends Chelsea to FA Cup Final
Didier Drogba scored in the 84th minute Saturday as Chelsea defeated Arsenal, 2-1, in an all-London semifinal in the English Football Association Cup at Wembley Stadium.
Drogba, a striker who plays internationally for Ivory Coast, pounced on Frank Lampard’s long, lofted pass with six minutes remaining to give Chelsea its first F.A. Cup win over Arsenal since 1947.
Chelsea beat Arsenal to reach FA Cup final
In the build up to the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal, Didier Drogba had spoken ominously about a return to the imperious form that made him the most feared striker in the world. This was no empty rhetoric – the Ivorian was back to his distinctive best in scoring the winner here, taking Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea to the FA Cup final.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Didier Drogba’s 84th-minute winner put Chelsea in the FA Cup final and kept alive interim manager Guus Hiddink’s hopes of an unlikely treble.
Drogba struck at the end of a poor semi-final when he beat Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to Frank Lampard’s long ball and rolled the ball home.