Theo Walcott issues Arsenal warning over this striker

Theo Walcott doesn't want Didier Drogba to heap any more misery on Arsenal in San Jose friendly

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

​Theo Walcott insists Arsenal are ready for the prospect of facing their nemesis Didier Drogba in Thursday’s pre-season game between the Gunners and an all-star MLS side.

The Chelsea legend had an impressive record against Arsene Wenger’s side during a decorated career and his two spells at Stamford Bridge.​

​Drogba even managed to score against the Gunners during Galatasaray’s pre-season win against Arsenal in The Emirates Cup in 2014.

​The Ivory Coast striker’s former Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech is now Arsenal’s number one, which has added further spice to the rivalry.

And Walcott, who took part in Arsenal’s training session at Spartan Stadium in San Jose on Wednesday, spoke about the challenge Wenger’s side face against Drogba.

“There’s so many great players. There’s Didier,” Walcott told reporters in San Jose.

“He always loved scoring against us so we have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Walcott added: “Well the defenders will be stopping him [of course].

“He has always managed to score against us. He has that rivalry with Petr Cech from their time together at Chelsea.

“He has a very good goal-scoring record wherever he has been. He is going to be a very difficult player to handle.”

Drogba is one of the headline acts for the MLS’s all-star side alongside AC Milan legend Kaka, Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo and Spain centre-forward David Villa.

MORE: The latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: The latest Arsenal player tweets

Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season despite a largely disappointing campaign for the north London side.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004.

Sir Alex Ferguson Liverpool FC
Photos: Sir Alex Ferguson reacts to Man United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool FC
Jurgen Klopp
Rivaldo urges Leeds United star Raphinha to move to Liverpool FC
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger delivers his verdict on Man United after Liverpool FC thrashing
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher reacts to ‘special’ Liverpool FC’s 5-0 thrashing of Man United
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC pundit salutes ‘architect’ of Liverpool FC’s 5-0 thrashing of Man United
Sir Alex Ferguson Liverpool FC
Photos: Sir Alex Ferguson reacts to Man United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool FC
Jurgen Klopp
Rivaldo urges Leeds United star Raphinha to move to Liverpool FC
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger delivers his verdict on Man United after Liverpool FC thrashing
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher reacts to ‘special’ Liverpool FC’s 5-0 thrashing of Man United
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC pundit salutes ‘architect’ of Liverpool FC’s 5-0 thrashing of Man United
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature