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Every single Arsenal centre-back Didier Drogba bullied into submission during his Chelsea career

The Ivorian striker LOVED scoring against the Gunners in his Stamford Bridge days and the two sides go head to head on Sunday

Chelsea host Arsenal on Sunday and, in the Premier League, one man has dominated the showdown down the years.

Didier Drogba.


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Drogba was always a menace against Arsenal

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Drogba was always a menace against Arsenal

The Blues legend consistently made mincemeat if the Gunners’ defence over his decade or so at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba scored a remarkable 13 times in 15 appearances in all competitions against Arsene Wenger’s hapless sides and was one of the main reasons why the Frenchman didn’t get the better of Jose Mourinho until last season.

In that period Arsenal have made some seriously questionable signings at centre-back who proved no match for Drogba on his day.

So which players did Drogba terrorise in particular?

PHILIPPE SENDEROS

Senderos was always an accident waiting to happen

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Senderos was always an accident waiting to happen

Arguably the worst of the bunch to kick things off, Senderos was a calamity in waiting and never instilled confidence in an already porous Gunners defence.

In 2005 the Swiss partnered Kolo Toure and were helpless to stopping Drogba get his first goal of many against Arsenal after coming off the bench to score the winner in a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

KOLO TOURE

Kolo Toure was a great servant for Wenger… just not against Drogba

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Kolo Toure was a great servant for Wenger… just not against Drogba

Toure might be a double Invincible after his time at Arsenal and Celtic but he was really given the run around by a rampant Drogba in his international compatriot’s first few years at Stamford Bridge.

Toure was also powerless in stopping the Chelsea striker in 2008 when he again popped up late on with two strikes after the Gunners had taken tan early lead through Bacary Sagna.

WILLIAM GALLAS

Gallas was no contest for his former team-mate

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Gallas was no contest for his former team-mate

In that 2-1 defeat the elder Toure brother was alongside Gallas, who of course switched west London for north London in the deal that saw Ashley Cole go the other way.

The move didn’t exactly go to plan for Gallas, who was on the wrong end of a Drogba masterclass three times in as many seasons.

After that 2008 double, the big Ivorian then ran riot at the Emirates in a 3-0 rout the following season with another brace which included a stunning second-half free kick.

He then repeated the trick at Stamford Bridge later that season when he hit a quick-fire double in the first half.

THOMAS VERMAELEN

Vermaelen captained Arsenal before his switch to Barcelona

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Vermaelen is somehow still a Barcelona player

Vermaelen isn’t a bad defender at all but Drogba has the capacity to make even great centre-backs quiver.

The Belgian was no match for the Chelsea hitman alongside Gallas twice in the 2009/10 season as Drogba’s double double consigned the Gunners to a pointless season against their great London rivals.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY

Koscielny has been Arsenal's most consistent defender for years

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Koscielny has been Arsenal’s most consistent defender for years

Like Vermaelen, Koscielny’s battles with Drogba were a case of a good defender being made to look distinctly average by one of the Premier League’s best ever.

The Frenchman has probably been Wenger’s best centre-back since the days of Tony Adams and Sol Campbell graced the famous red but Kosicleny was again no match for Drogba in October 2010.

The Gunners tormentor-in-chief flicked Chelsea ahead brilliantly in the first half in a 2-0 win.

SEBASTIEN SQUILLACI

Not good memories for Gooners

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Not good memories for Gooners

The less said about Squillaci is probably the better and his one appearance against Drogba ended up as you’d probably expect alongside countryman Koscielny in October 2010.

Squillaci was the defender beaten by Drogba at the near post as the striker backheeled in the opener.

MIKAEL SILVESTRE

Silvestre wasn’t exactly the most inspired signing made by Wenger

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Silvestre wasn’t exactly the most inspired signing made by Wenger

After an unlikely and bizarre move from Manchester United in 2008 Silvestre was signed to give the Gunners’ defence some vital experience.

It didn’t work in the FA Cup semi-finals when Drogba pounced on a horrible defensive mix up between Silvestre, Toure and Lukasz Fabianski to score a late winner and keep alive Guus Hiddink’s hopes of an unlikely treble.