Arsene Wenger on Didier Drogba’s threat and Marouane Chamakh’s recent dip
Written by Jeffrey on December 26, 2010 17:30
One of Arsenal’s major problems when facing Chelsea is how to handle striker Didier Drogba who according to manager Arsene Wenger is one of the key elements of the London derby.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Frenchman explained how the Ivory Coast International is always very efficient against the Gunners as he is a big-game player as he clearly showed against Tottenham with Wenger adding how the 32-year old is indeed one to keep an eye on when the two teams clash on Monday at the Emirates.
Asked about the disappointing form of striker Marouane Chamakh, Wenger said how the Moroccan is feeling the fatigue for starting almost all games for the Gunners but also how he will be back very quickly.
According to the manager, playing alone upfront and fighting for every ball is a very tough task as he highlighted the importance of the 26-year old who scored important goals and made an immediate impact after signing from Bordeaux last summer.
On the two strikers, Wenger said:
If you look at the statistics [Drogba] is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, key of the game.
Drogba against us was always very efficient. Drogba is a big-game player and the other day when they were in trouble at Tottenham who turned up? It was Drogba again.
That’s why I think when you go against Chelsea he is the guy you need to keep quiet. I think they have a good tandem with Lampard and Drogba. Lampard finds Drogba always when he plays so we have to stop the supply.
I think [Chamakh] had a little dip very recently because he gave a lot since the start of the season. But he will come back very quickly.
He played most of the time on his own up front fighting for every single ball. He was highly decisive in many games and of course that’s why in the last two games he was a little bit jaded and had less capacity to make a sprinting difference.
I’m very happy we have him at the Club.