Didier Drogba returns to chase Arsene Wenger after scoring a HAT-TRICK in a charity match
He still has it! Chelsea legend Didier Drogba chases Arsene Wenger again after scoring a HAT-TRICK for Marseille legends – including Samir Nasri and Robert Pires – against ex-Arsenal boss’s UNICEF XI
- Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick for Marseille legends in an exciting friendly match
- Chelsea legend Drogba also chased Arsene Wenger in his management return
- Drogba has scored 15 goals in 16 games against Wenger’s Arsenal team over the years
- Wenger’s UNICEF XI team lost 7-4, while Samir Nasri also made an appearance
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba showed he still hasn’t lost his scoring ability after a hat-trick in a charity match – at the expense of Arsene Wenger.
Former Arsenal boss Wenger was chased by the iconic frontman during his time in the dugout, with Drogba scoring 15 goals in just 16 games against his side.
And when Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI against the Marseille legends, it was Drogba who reminded him of the pain of coaching.
Didier Drogba scored a great hat-trick for Marseille legends in a friendly against UNICEF XI
Despite announcing his retirement three years ago, Drogba was found in glowing form in front of the goal, taking each of his three shots relentlessly.
Wenger’s side took a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in its first game on the sidelines since 2018, before Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals.
In the end, thanks in large part to the heroism of their striker, the Marseille legends triumphed 7-4, a result that may have made Wenger wince at full-time.
Chelsea icon Drogba proved he still didn’t lose any of his skills after stealing the show in the game
Drogba swept home from the edge of the box for one of his goals and took home the match ball
Drogba found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal, much to the delight of the supporters in the ground.
During his time at Chelsea, the now 43-year-old scored 164 times for the club in 381 appearances and took home the match ball on his recent appearance this week.
Formula 1 hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the exciting race.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini, Samir Nasri and Jens Lehmann – all Arsenal legends under Wenger – made their appearance on Wednesday night.
Arsene Wenger returned to the dugout to lead the UNICEF side as Drogba chased after him
Drogba drove off to perform his signature celebration, much to the delight of the spectators
Nasri, who started his career at Marseille in 2004, announced two weeks ago, at the age of 34, that he would hang up his shoes.
Before the game, Wenger also gave some brief instructions to his players in his first pre-game team interview in several years.
“Football is very simple,” he said. “You have the ball under control, you make a good decision and after you have done well what you have decided to do.”
In his first role outside of management, Wenger is now FIFA’s head of global football development – and he has been reviled for his biennial proposals for the World Cup.
Samir Nasri also played in the friendly two weeks after announcing his retirement