Didier Drogba Arsenal: Chelsea legend admits he was once a fan of Premier League rivals

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba made life miserable for Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry and the rest of Arsenal during his prolific tenure at Stamford Bridge. However the two-time Golden Boot winner confessed that he was once an Arsenal fan and that his former support for the team motivated him once he joined Chelsea.

In an interview with Sky Sports [per the Metro], Drogba revealed that as a kid growing up in France he admired Arsenal and would motivate himself to play better against the club in order to impress his French idols like Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord and others.

“As a young kid growing up in France, the team that everyone was supporting was Arsenal because of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord and Arsene Wenger as well,” Drogba said.

‘They were showing a lot of Arsenal games and I was a fan, at that time, of the team.

‘Coming to England and playing against one of my idols like Thierry Henry was kind of a challenge and I did everything to play well against them.’

Drogba scored 100 Premier League goals in his first eight seasons with the Blues, and scored another four last season en route to the Premier League title – his fourth with the club. He won the Golden Boot for the 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons, winning Team of the Year honors during those years. 15 of Drogba’s total goals came against Arsenal.

Following his second departure from Chelsea, Drogba went to Major League Soccer, where he now plays for the Montreal Impact.

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