Branislav Ivanovic says Arsenal are dreading Didier Drogba - round-up

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With Diego Costa and Loic Remy struggling with injuries, Arsenal's defence could be forgiven for fancying their chances against Chelsea's third-choice striker.

But they would be wrong to do so, as the 37-year-old veteran preparing to start at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon is none other than Didier Drogba.

The Ivory Coast legend has scored an incredible 13 goals in 14 games against the Gunners and that figure jumps to 15 goals in 15 games if you include the brace he scored for Galatasaray in the 2013 Emirates Cup.

Drogba may be past his prime years, but Branislav Ivanovic thinks the striker comes alive when facing Arsene Wenger's men. He also feels that the fear factor in north London has not faded with age.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ivanovic said: “When you are a striker and have this feeling (of scoring every time you face a team) goals come naturally.

Different feeling

“He will play with a different feeling against Arsenal. I hope he scores for us again and makes it 16 goals against them. Even if he doesn’t, to score 15 goals against a team is not normal. It is an amazing number.”

Asked if Arsenal will like facing Drogba as opposed to Remy or Costa, he emphatically declared: “Of course not."

Other news

The biggest news ahead of the top-of-the-table clash is Cesc Fabregas' return to the Emirates. The Spanish playmaker has not played in the 60,000-seater arena since leaving for Barcelona in 2011 and is expected to start for Jose Mourinho's side.

Fabregas could have easily have rejoined the Gunners but Arsene Wenger decided against making a bid for him when it became clear he would leave Barcelona.

Wenger admits he still can't discuss the details of what happened that summer.

"We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms... it is not as clean as that," said Wenger, according to The Independent.

Fabregas talks

Fabregas has had little to say ahead of his return to the club he once captained but has admitted he is excited to finally get his hands of a Premier League title.

Chelsea can kill off the title with a win at the Emirates and it seems Fabregas is focused on inflicting more pain on his former side.

He said: "It's been five years for them (Chelsea) without winning the Premier League title; for me it's been 27 years so I'd love to win it as soon as possible."

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