Didier Drogba scores against Arsenal in MLS All-Stars clash

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There are few things certain in life. Death and taxes are two that famously feature on such a list but after last night we are starting to think you can add another to it: Didier Drogba scoring against Arsenal.

The Gunners were reunited with their old nemesis during their pre-season friendly game against the MLS All-Stars and despite his waning powers in front of goal, still managed to bag a goal 11 years after he first scored against them.

It was, amazingly, his 16th strike against Arsene Wenger's men in just 16 games. Most of those goals, of course, came in much more important ties for Chelsea in the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup but it was an unwelcome reminder for Wenger of bad times gone by.

After Joel 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 Rob 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.

Take a looks at the goal below:

Fan reaction

Arsenal fans saw an opportunity to moan about both Wenger and their club, duly expressing their ill-feelings on Twitter. Piers Morgan was the most famous name to have a midnight gripe. Take a look at the best reaction here:


Unlike the majority of times Drogba has scored against Arsenal, the former Chelsea star came out of the game as a loser. After Campbell's penalty was cancelled out by the Ivorian, the 18,000 capacity crowd in San Jose had to deal with an uneventful second half.

That was until young striker Chuba Akpom finished off a fine move at the death the snatch a win.

The game also saw the first appearance in an Arsenal shirt for new signing Granit Xhaka, who impressed during a second half cameo in midfield.

Pre-season Schedule

Arsenal will play Mexican outfit Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub centre on Monday before returning to Europe. They will then face Norwegian side Viking FK before taking on Manchester City in Gothenburg, Sweden, before their Premier League game gets underway against Liverpool.

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