Didier Drogba: Chelsea Legend Explains Why He ‘Hated’ Arsenal and Why London is Blue

Didier Drogba: Chelsea Legend Explains Why He ‘Hated’ Arsenal and Why London is Blue

Martin Moses
updated at February 27, 2024 at 9:05 AM
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  • Didier Drogba has insisted that Chelsea are the kings of London
  • He remains the standout striker in the history of the London rivalry
  • The Chelsea legend recently returned to the pitch in a charity match

Didier Drogba has shed light on the intrigues of the London rivalry between Chelsea and Arsenal in the English Premier League.

The two giants, alongside Tottenham Hotspur, have always gone toe-to-toe in the battle for the capital's bragging rights. Talk of London is blue, red or white is often rife whenever the teams meet.

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Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring against Arsenal in 2009. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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Drogba is the prominent name in this fixture, having scored 13 times during his playing days. No player has more goals in this game, according to Transfermarkt stats.

Drogba speaks on London rivalry

Speaking after playing in the Match of Hope over the weekend, Drogba told an Arsenal fan, Sharky, why he had to score against the Gunners despite having affiliations with the North London side at a tender age.

"Arsenal was my club, you know. I used to look up to Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. They were my guys. But I had to do the job. Business is business and you have to respect the rivalry. It was a competition of who owns London."

On the London debate, Drogba appeared to reiterate that the city will remain blue despite the club's current struggles. The Ivorian legend based his assertion on the fact that Arsenal have never won the Champions League.

"London is Blue, bro. How many Champions League titles does Arsenal have?"

Chelsea have won two Champions League titles, the first one orchestrated by Drogba himself in 2012 when they beat Bayern Munich in the final. The club would later repeat the same heroics in 2021 after a Kai Havertz goal lifted them past Manchester City.

Drogba scores in charity match

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Drogba scored two goals in the charity match. The former Chelsea striker scored a beautiful solo goal where he rounded the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into an empty net.

He then completed a team move for his second. The charity game was attended by legends of the game, including Kaka and Eden Hazard.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)