Didier Drogba is the ultimate big game player.
His ability to consistently deliver when it matters is something very rare in the game and really was the foundation of Chelsea's success over the past decade.
He had major impact on virtually every trophy won by Chelsea whether by scoring a last minute header in the Champions League final or assisting one of Lampard’s perfectly timed runs in the FA Cup, he was always involved somewhere in every piece of magic.
His goal scoring record in the FA Cup is staggering and in his last season with the Blues he became the first player in history to score in four FA Cup finals and when you look through his career, there are plenty of similar statistics and records that demonstrate is dominance of the English game.
One of the most celebrated amongst the Chelsea faithful is the 13 goals in 14 games he’s smashed against the Gunners - goals that resulted in only one loss to Arsene Wenger’s side in Drogba's entire Chelsea career.
His record against the club was so great it even led to Wenger publicly stating how relieved he was that, the man voted Chelsea's greatest ever player, had departed the club for China.
No doubt they were thoughts echoed around England and Europe's managers but his stay is the Far East was brief and soon enough Drogba was back in Europe once again.
This summer saw Arsenal host the Emirates Cup in which the hosts got pitted against Drogba's new club, Galatasaray, and the Ivorian was up to his old tricks. Two late goals saw Arsenal's lead overturned and Drogba's record against the club improve even more (15 goals in 15 games, with still only one loss) and so no doubt Wenger will once again be counting his blessings at the Chelsea talisman's departure and that it was only a friendly.
Recent stories emerging from the Chelsea camp suggest the door is open for Drogba to return at some point in the future, most likely as a coach. So Mourinho clearly believes he would be a very good role model and influential player to have in the dressing room for the youngsters like Romelu Lukaku to try and emulate.
If he can inspire the young Belgian to a record even half as good against the Gunners then the Chelsea fans will be a happy bunch.
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