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Chelsea's win ends difficult week - Didier Drogba

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Chelsea players back Terry - Drogba

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba admitted the claims about John Terry's private life had made it a "difficult week" before Sunday's win over Arsenal.

But Drogba, who scored both goals in the 2-0 victory, said Chelsea's captain had full backing from his team-mates.

"We offered him as much support as we can, and the best thing for him is to play," said the Ivorian.

"We tried to stay together and focus on the game. The most important thing is we are top of the league."

Terry, 29, was sacked as England skipper on Friday following a week of allegations that he had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-girlfriend of former Blues colleague Wayne Bridge.

It is a matter of time but we will stick together and keep looking forward

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

"It is a matter of time but we will stick together and keep looking forward," added Drogba, who has now scored 12 goals in 12 matches against Arsenal.

Terry's performance against the Gunners delighted his manager Carlo Ancelotti, who described him as "the perfect captain" for Chelsea.

Terry, who was given a standing ovation by the Chelsea fans after Sunday's victory, set up Drogba's first goal, and Ancelotti said: "I wanted to hug him at the end to thank him for his performance.

"For the team it is important to have this leadership. He is always in control of the game and really he has a strong mentality."

He added: "The England captaincy was not my decision and I do not want to judge this decision."

Ancelotti's Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, said he was "proud" of his players' performance despite losing the Stamford Bridge encounter. The Frenchman also insisted that his side could still claim the Premier League title.

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"I feel that we are not in the best position, but we will not give up," said Wenger.

"It's difficult to swallow a defeat like that when we felt we were the better team.

"They scored from their first corner, when we're not focused, and again from a counter-attack. But apart from that I am very proud of our performance.

"We tried very hard but Chelsea defended very well until the last minute so you have got to give them some credit."

The Gunners boss added that his team's chances of winning the title were not over.

"We are outsiders but we will fight until the last day of the season," said Wenger. "Let's come back and win our next game first and then see where we stand."

Arsenal's next fixture is a Premier League home tie against Liverpool on Wednesday.



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see also
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
07 Feb 10 |  Premier League
Sunday's football as it happened
07 Feb 10 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
07 Feb 10 |  Football
Capello strips Terry of captaincy
05 Feb 10 |  Football
Wenger seeks Arsenal improvement
05 Feb 10 |  Arsenal


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