The mention of Didier Drogba gives Arsene Wenger nightmare memories, as the former Chelsea striker was a thorn in the flesh for Arsenal over the course of his 2 stints at the Stamford Bridge.
Drogba bagged a whopping 13 goals in 15 games against Arsenal across all competitions, and just when the Gunners thought it was all over after he called time on his EPL career, the Montreal Impact talisman still found a way to haunt them in pre-season, registering his name on the goal sheet in MLS Stars 2 – 3 loss to the north London club.
Drogba may be gone, but another striker is already taking up his position as Arsenal’s chief nemesis. It’s none other than Arsenal academy product Harry Kane, who is gradually becoming a worrying threat for the club. His goal at the weekend took his tally against Arsenal to 5 strikes in 5 league games.
The north London derby saw the 23-year-old return to action after attaining a reasonable level of fitness following a 7-week injury layoff, and despite this, his presence was more than threatening to the Gunner’s goal.
Having gone close to scoring on one occasion by narrowly placing a header beyond Cech’s reach, he finally got his goal by calmly sending the former Czech skipper the wrong way to slot in his spot kick after Koscielny fouled Dembele at the edge of the box.
With Kane averaging a goal per game against Arsenal and still only 23, the Emirates outfit could have a decade of sleepless nights to deal with anytime they come up against the England international.
In his 2 full seasons as Tottenham’s first choice striker, only against Leicester City has he scored more goals than his Arsenal tally. In 8 appearances against the club he once played on loan for, Kane has 6 goals.
Like Wenger never found a way to stop Drogba, with the African star a sure bet to almost always found the back of the net anytime he faced Arsenal, curbing the latest menace in Kane is looking more herculean.
To make matters worse, not only is the Tottenham vice-captain a perennial scorer against Arsenal, he is denying them crucial points in the process of doing his business.
His equalizer at the weekend denied Arsenal a chance to move up on the log after Manchester City drew on Saturday.
The stalemate of a result saw the Gunners drop to 4th position. Kane has cost them 2 points already this term, just like he denied them 4 points last season as he scored home and away against them.
In his last 4 EPL appearances against Arsenal, he has won 1 and drawn 3, and though Drogba may be far gone, the Gunners have another nuisance to deal with in their former Academy player of some one and half decade ago.
Harry Kane is Arsenal’s new Didier Drogba, and he is definitely on course to better the 13 strikes the Ivorian notched against the Gunners. This is one problem the club will have to battle for the next 10 years or thereabout. It’s just how the cookie crumbles.