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The Emirates Cup: Five interesting facts

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During the past weekend, Arsenal's annual friendly tournament took place where four teams compete for a trophy in two days. 

As it has been published in every newspaper already, Galatasaray beat Arsenal on the final day to clinch the trophy and the hero was Didier Drogba who loves to score against Arsenal (career total of 15 goals against the Gunners). 

Here, Yahaya Mohammed covers other occurrences that might not have been obvious from the living room.

Arsenal/Galatasaray Fans

A strange feature of the Emirates Cup was that there were nearly as many Galatasaray fans as there were Arsenal fans. It was not much of a surprise for the locals though as they were already aware of the large Turkish populous already living in north London. 

However, after talking to certain Galatasaray fans, I found out that a lot of them actually support Arsenal but made an exception for this occasion to support their Turkish team. 

By not having the chance to actually see them week in, week out, they took the chance to support them during this friendly tournament.

"ultraAslan"

These are the infamous Galatasaray ultras that make the most noise and make sure their voices are heard. They were seated in the North Stand (Block C) and when they started their chants, they attracted more fans to join their cause. 

On the first day about 70 of them got sent off and six arrests were made. Nevertheless, on the second day of the tournament, they were a great joy; they made lots of noise and often even started offensive Tottenham chants which Gunners happily joined in with. 

This continued until the match between Arsenal and Galatasaray had started, then things turned ugly as Arsenal fans and the ultras started exchanging a few nasty words. Things escalated until the police (not stewards) came in to calm the situation, which calmed due to their fewer numbers. Overall, for future organisational purposes, separations should be made when overly eccentric fans are expected.

Didier Drogba's Flop

Although the former Chelsea star scored a fantastic second goal, his first penalty came as a result of a poorly executed dive. 

Nobody in the ground seemed worried, not even the "ultraAslan" appeared to complain much, as Drogba hit the deck but miraculously the referee was convinced enough to award the penalty decision that turned the game around.

Gonzalo Higuain jeered

This was quite obvious as the boos echoed loud and clear as Higuain was subbed on for both games (including his warm ups). However, even more disappointing was his performance as he was kept out of the first game by Laurent Koscienly, and was unable to make any impact whatsoever on the second.

Emmanuel Eboue's reception

Prior to the game starting, as soon as Eboue made his way on the pitch for the warm up sessions, the Arsenal faithful started singing songs about the flamboyant former Gunner. 

He then got an enormous roar at the mention of his name and even after Arsenal had lost, people were still delighted as he came forward to return his thanks. 

With a tournament victory and two sets of fans (Arsenal and Galatasaray) cheering for one man, he seemed the happiest man on the pitch come the end of the competition.

 

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