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04 Aug 2013 21:17:00

Drogba at the double

Didier Drogba returned to haunt Arsenal as the former Chelsea striker came off the bench to net a late double in a 2-1 victory which won the Emirates Cup for Galatasaray.

The Ivory Coast frontman - who left Chelsea after spearheading their 2012 Champions League final victory before a short stint with Shanghai Shenhua in China - converted a soft penalty on 78 minutes and then produced a crisp finish as the Turks secured their second victory of the weekend tournament, having fallen behind to Theo Walcott's first-half curling effort.

Arsenal, who are still chasing a deal for wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, showed good form in patches, but again had no answer to the 35-year-old, who had been on Arsene Wenger's radar as a youngster at Guingamp.

Arsenal's only summer signing Yaya Sanogo, a free transfer from Auxerre, was handed a start in attack, while Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla was back in action after extra time off following the Confederations Cup.

Former Gunner Emmanuel Eboue captained Galatasaray.

There was an early chance for France Under-21 striker Sanogo to become an instant cult hero when he collected a loose pass on the edge of the penalty area, but his angled shot was saved by Fernando Muslera.

Arsenal, who came from 2-0 down to draw with Rafa Benitez's Napoli on Saturday, continued to press and had a penalty shout turned down after Aaron Ramsey tumbled.

On 18 minutes, Walcott expertly took down a long ball from the Welshman into the Galatasaray box, but could then only flick it over the keeper and wide.

Former Bolton forward Johan Elmander caused Arsenal some concern with his link-up play, but Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, making his first appearance of pre-season after injury, was not really tested.

Arsenal took the lead five minutes before half-time when Walcott's curling cross from the left bounced through the six-yard box and dropped into the far corner.


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