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Arsenal boss unhappy with "soft" Drogba penalty

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a dig at former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba after the now-Galatasaray striker seemed to dive to win a penalty at the Emirates Cup when the two side's met on Sunday.

The Gunners took on the Turkish side on Sunday afternoon in the pre-season tournament finale and it was the visitors that picked up the win after two late-strikes from the former-Chelsea man.

Arsene Wenger's men were in full control of the game after a Theo Walcott cross found it's way into the back of the net after some sloppy defending from Galatasaray.

The game then turned on it's head when Drogba fell down under a challenge from Per Mertesacker, which the match official rewarded with a penalty, despite it looking like a very soft decision.

Replays then showed that contact between the two players was very minimal and the Ivorian striker clearly took a dive in order to win the penalty.

Drogba scored the penalty and then caused further heart-break for Wenger when he smashed home a second with a few minutes left.

After the game, Wenger did have some praise for the striker, but he also made a slight dig at him, after receiving a soft penalty. 

Wenger told reporters: "He did well when he came on. He still has the resources, you could see that yesterday as well.

"He has kept that physical strength and his intelligent game and he finished well.

"But I must say we were exhausted in the end, especially Mertesacker who played the two full games and was just back from Asia. He [Drogba] took advantage of it.

"Honestly the penalty was very, very, very, very, very, very soft! It was classic Drogba".

 

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