After the 2-2 draw with benitez’s Napoli on Saturday, the Gunners went into the Sunday clash with Galatasaray knowing that a win would see them secure the Emirates Cup for 2013. Porto had despatched Napoli 3-1 with former Arsenal target Higuain failing to find the back of the net.
The gunners, without Rosicky, Wilshere and Koscienly, scored just before the half time to seemingly begin a roller coaster to the Emirates Cup. Yaya Sanago had missed a chance to spice his debut earlier on in the game. Walcott missed a one-on-one situation before surprisingly converting a goal from close to the corner.
In came Didier Drogba, The man that always scores against Arsenal. He looked invisible throughout the second half of the game when he was introduced until the Penalty Kick. Yes, there was a penalty kick blown against Miguel who was subbed in for Gibbs.
According to Wenger, the penalty was very very very very soft. Drogba backed on to the young Spaniard and had a micro-collision only to scramble to the turf like his only loaf of bread had fallen. Surprising to the fans, the referee pointed to the turf, bringing that cynical smile from the former Chelsea man, indicating he had played a fast one on the ref.
That cynical smile was the second of the game after he had tugged Jenkinson only to be awarded a freekick to the bewilderment of the Arsenal right back. Well, he dusted his self and tucked in the goal from the spot, sending Szczesny the wrong way. He couldn’t celebrate much knowing he cheated.
If that goal that brought the game to a 1-1 score was a cheat then the next was classical and a near-trademark for the Ivorian. A super pass got to him, superb first touch that sent Metersacker the wrong way and wonderful second touch that gave Szczesny no chance. The goal brought the real Drogba celebration.
While his first was dubious, the second goal was fantastic. I wonder if he would have had that kind of chance if Koscielny was at the helm of affairs at that moment. In as much as Sagna deputized as a CB on Sunday, you could see he was always drifting to the right, leaving metersacker to be the lone CB.
Will the spirit of Drogba ever leave Arsenal? Aren’t we jinxed by the former Chelsea star? You would need more than Prayers, Fastings or fetish acts to deliver the Arsenal from him. 15 goals from 15 games is not good for the gunners.
On the lighter note, Drogba have never scored against Arsenal when Koscielny is on the pitch.
I really wasn’t happy with Arsenal not winning the Emirates Cup 2013 but, it is just a friendly. We have another 90 minutes to believe. We have another 90minutes to watch the team and finally conclude on the feasibility of a trophy.
We must win a trophy to win the war against the Media and coaches that claim we don’t deal transfers with class.