Arsene Wenger is delighted that Arsenal will be facing a Chelsea side without Didier Drogba for the first time in eight years.

The legendary Ivorian striker left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer, and Wenger is delighted to see the back of him.

Drogba had a great goal scoring record against the Gunners, hitting 13 goals and losing just once in 14 games.

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So it is little surprise Wenger is pleased not to be facing him on Saturday at the Emirates.

“I don’t know if Chelsea miss him, but we don’t miss him. He did a lot of damage against us,” said Wenger.

Wenger has a near full strength squad with Thomas Vermaelen ready to return, whilst Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna are back in full training – but neither will feature on Saturday.

“Jack will play on Monday night for the [Under-21s], he will play an hour. We have to be patient,” he continued – confirming he would not be available for England’s World Cup qualifiers next month.

“I think that [the England games] will be too early for him.

He also added that Vermaelen is available for selection, Sagna is back in full training but won’t feature against Chelsea. Rosicky is two weeks away, Szczesny is two or three weeks away.

Wenger is delighted with how his squad is now shaping up, adding: “I have selection solutions, not selection problems. You want two players in every position.”

Wenger: “Rosicky is two weeks away, Szczesny is two or three weeks away.”

 

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