When Didier Drogba bagged a brace against Arsenal in the 2005 League Cup final, few would have predicted the incredible run the striker had just started.
Then of Chelsea, the legendary Ivorian would have haunted Arsene Wenger's dreams over the last decade after regularly making a mockery of Arsenal's hapless defenders. Philippe Senderos, Pascal Cygan, Sebastien Squillaci, and now Rob Holding can all claim to have been bested by the Drog.
The 38-year-old scored his 16th goal in 16 appearances against the Gunners in Thursday's MLS All-Stars game. Goals from Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom meant Arsenal ran out of San Jose as 2-1 winners but Drogba, as usual, stole the show.
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But how does he continue to score against the north London club? He was asked that very question after the game and a had an answer as excellent as his record.
Drogba told the official MLS website: "I don't know, I don't know, I want to say that I'm lucky but when you score 16 goals against them I don't think it's luck no more."
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Despite the fact the goal was ultimately meaningless on two accounts – first being that the MLS All-Stars lost and second that it was a friendly – the striker still felt the need to go crazy on Twitter, retweeting a number of references to his strike.
Here is a list of all the messages he retweeted:
After Campbell gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, Drogba linked up with Giovanni Dos Santos to equalise on the stroke of half-time. He needed three shots to beat Petr Cech and then Holding but knocked it past to level up the score. It was hardly his best against the Gunners but he didn't seem to care.
While Drogba's goal would have undoubtedly sent shivers down Wenger's spine, the Frenchman had more important things to worry about, such as his team's preparation ahead of a crucial Premier League season.
On the game, he said: “The contacts are a bit less strong and it’s a more friendly game than it is usually when you play against a club.
“On the other hand, you have top-quality players on the pitch together and you feel like every time you make a mistake they can take advantage of it.
“In my team I believe what is important for us is in this kind of game is to analyse what aspect of our game we do well.
“I felt that in the first half we had a good balance between keeping possession and going very quickly on transition in behind, and we had good penetrating runs in the final third.”
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