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Drogba delighted with Emirates Cup victory

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Galatasaray's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba reacts at the final whistle after scoring his side's two goals in the pre-season friendly football match between Arsenal and Galatasaray at The Emirates Stadium in north London. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images
Galatasaray's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba reacts at the final whistle after scoring his side's two goals in the pre-season friendly football match between Arsenal and Galatasaray at The Emirates Stadium in north London. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images

Two goals and another piece of silverware made London a pretty special place for Didier Drogba once again as the Ivorian striker played an influential role in his side’s Emirates Cup victory over Arsenal on Sunday.

The former Chelsea man may have enjoyed the moment he bagged two late goal in front of the clock end at his old club’s Premier League rivals – the 34-year-old even decided to celebrate, hands held outstretched, in front of the baying crowd, milking the moment his penalty strike appeared to end any chance the home side had of winning the pre-season tournament – but after the final whistle and the celebrations on the pitch, Drogba was back to his diplomatic self with the media and just happy to have grabbed an impressive pre-season victory.

He said, “It was a good game. It’s a good tournament to win so we are very happy because we had a difficult pre-season and it’s nice to end it this way.

“We’ve had a very tough hard pre season, we worked a lot and I think that you can see that the legs are a bit heavy.”

After spending eight years in London Drogba has built up a long history of scoring great goals against Arsenal, much like his second strike on Sunday, but he was quick not get drawn into a discussion about his opponents chances in their up coming Premier League campaign.

“I think they are a good team. Like every season they have good players, they are a very good team and every season is different but I can’t judge them because it’s only one game, it’s very difficult.”

Galatasaray kick off their season in the Turkish Super Cup next weekend against Fenerbahce before meeting Gaziantepspor on the opening day of the season a week later.