Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger right to target Didier Drogba
Sharethematch.com takes a look the reports linking Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a move for Didier Drogba
Wenger targets prolific Drogba
It is no surprise to learn that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in signing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
The departure of Robin van Persie to title rivals Manchester United over the summer was a huge loss, while new signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will take some time to settle.
Drogba had an amazing record against Arsenal while playing for the Blues, bagging 13 goals in 13 matches against their London rivals.
The 34-year-old has also netted an impressive 56 goals in 88 games for the Ivory Coast, and following financial complications at Shanghai Shenhua, Drogba is technically a free agent.
It is hardly shocking that Wenger would be interested in such a prolific striker, but whether the move will become a reality is another question.
There are Drogba’s high wages to factor into Arsenal’s tight financial structure, as well as his potential reluctance to move to one of Chelsea’s rivals.
Few would doubt that Drogba is past the peak of his powers, but he can certainly still do a job, as evidenced by his displays en route to Chelsea’s Champions League success last term.
The one certainty is that signing Drogba for free would be a coup for the Gunners, especially considering the £24m that Chelsea parted with to take him to Stamford Bridge.
Benítez has gone completely off his rocker
Having claimed Liverpool would have challenged for the title in 2009-2010 had owners Tom Hicks and Geroge Gillett sanctioned the purchases of Matthew Upson and Stefan Jovetic, it is clear Rafael Benítez is struggling with reality.
The Spaniard has taken things to a new level with the Times serialising an extract from his new book ‘Champions League Dreams’ earlier this week.
“Attempting to work in the transfer market that summer was almost impossible,” said Benítez.
“The funds we thought we had available would have stretched to another central defender, to provide cover for Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.
“The two players we had identified were Sylvain Distin, then with Portsmouth, and West Ham’s Matthew Upson, both boasting abundant Premier League experience.
“Signing one of those two, plus the tall, powerful, intelligent Stefan Jovetic, would have given Liverpool the squad we needed to build on the previous year’s title challenge, when we had run Manchester United so close.’
Stefan Jovetic is a decent player, but it is hard to fathom how Upson, who has made 14 appearances for Stoke since singing last summer, would have helped them beat Chelsea to the title that season.
Liverpool lost Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid because Benitez had offered him to Italian clubs in a bid to raise the cash to sign Gareth Barry.
Furthermore, he let one of the league’s most underrated full-backs, Álvaro Arbeloa, join Alonso in the Spanish capital with the vastly inferior Glen Johnson brought in as his replacement.
“Liverpool, though, was no longer a football club. It was a business. The money, which we wanted to use to take Liverpool on to the next level, was all gon”’ added Benitez.
“We would be punished for the disappearance of that money – and our failure to sign Jovetic – again and again that season.
“That was supposed to be our year, the season it all came together. Instead it was a long, hard campaign, a battle from start to finish.”