Didier Drogba bags charity match hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s all-star XI

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in a charity match in France as he faced off against an all-star XI managed by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Drogba was taking part in the 'Match Des Heros' which pitted a team of Marseille's greatest ever players against a Wenger-led UNICEF squad.

The striker's side had fallen 2-1 behind but he capitalised on a defensive mix up to level the scores before whipping out his iconic arm-pumping and knee-sliding celebration.

The 43-year-old also netted the fourth and fifth goals for his team to help condemn Wenger's side to a 7-4 defeat in a match which featured former Gunners Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini, Samir Nasri and Jens Lehmann.

Drogba hung up his boots in 2018, putting an end to a 20-year career which only featured one season spent at Marseille.

However, he is held in high regard at the Ligue 1 club as in that solitary campaign he bagged 32 goals in 55 appearances across all competitions.

As well as that impressive record, Drogba had a particular liking for netting against Arsenal, so his trio of goals against Wenger was rather apt.

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In 15 games against the north London side, Drogba scored 13 goals for Chelsea.

Wenger acknowledged the harm he caused the Gunners after he'd bagged yet another goal against them in a pre-season friendly for the MLS All-Star team back in 2016.

He said: "He has always harmed us, and he continues. He's a winner and I think that he'll be like that until the end of his life.

"At half-time, I was thinking 'He's still haunting us, even in the United States!'

"Drogba is a typical poacher of a goal. He can do that in the box.

"When I see him in the box and fighting with young defenders I always think that now there is danger there because you know he will get the upper hand and score you a goal and that's what he did."

Drogba's place in Premier League folklore has been questioned in the past, with the Ivorian having scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, much less than a goal every two games.

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