Chelsea legend Didier Drogba would never come back to the Premier League and play for Arsenal, according to former Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins.
Drogba is currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League after leaving Chelsea in the summer summer following the expiration of his Stamford Bridge contract, but a shareholder disagreement has left his future in doubt.
Reports earlier this week claimed the Gunners were considering an offer for the Ivorian if his contract should be cancelled due to Shanghai not being able to pay his wages.
Wilkins dismissed the suggestion out of hand when speaking to talkSPORT, citing Drogba’s loyalty to Chelsea as to why it would never happen.
“How can he go to Arsenal after spending eight years at Chelsea? Didier, in his heart of hearts, would think that’s a step too far,” he said in a radio interview.
Drogba left Chelsea a hero after almost single-handedly dragging them to an FA Cup and Champions League double last season.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could do with some experience up front after losing goal machine Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer, but Drogba’s reported £190,000-a-week wages would prove a significant stumbling block in any proposed move to the famously thrifty Emirates Stadium club.