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Arsene: “We were interested in Drogba when he was in the French Second Division”

1,195 comments April 17th, 2007

Arsene Wenger confirmed in an interview for ArsenalTV this morning that not only did he try to bring Cristiano Ronaldo over from Lisbon as a teenager, but he also was in for Drogba whilst he was languishing in the lower levels of French football.  We probably ended up with Kaba Diawara.

In seriousness though, Arsene needs to pull of some talent spotting of that calibre this summer.  And I’m sure he knows it.

Ronaldo and Drogba are Arsene’s favourites for the PFA Player of the Year award, and I have to say I agree.  I’m still surprised his fellow pros nominated Cesc ahead of Rooney, and particularly 21-goal Frank Lampard and the outstanding Michael Essien.  Not only is it affirmation of the respect Fabregas holds, but also the immense dislike of Chelsea within the football community.

Andy Cole has been talking about the need for Niklas Bendtner to work at his game – probably just what he needs to hear after a season of what I can only describe as over-hype.  Birmingham probably know they’ll be unable to keep Bendtner permanently, but they still have hope of retaining runalot midfielder Fabrice Muamba.  And God knows what’s going on with Kerrea Gilbert.

Man City tonight and a win would bring us within four points of guaranted Champions League Football – and that’s assuming that Bolton or Everton take maximum points between now and the end of the season.  Freddie Ljungberg is out, so Abou Diaby could start, though I’ve got a sneaky suspicion we might see Julio Baptista handed one final opportunity.

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