Stop Drogba, boss Wenger urges Arsenal as Chelsea await
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL v CHELSEA Venue: The Emirates Stadium Date: Monday, 27 December Kick-off: 2000 GMT Coverage: Live on Sky Sports 1; listen on BBC Radio 5 live & BBC London; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles
Drogba (right) has put Arsenal to the sword on various occasions in recent years
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team must shackle Chelsea's Didier Drogba if they are to beat their title rivals at the Emirates on Monday.
Ivorian striker Drogba, 32, has never been on the losing side against the Gunners, scoring 13 goals in 13 games.
"He is the guy you need to keep quiet," said Wenger, whose team sit third, one point ahead of the reigning champions.
"If you look at the statistics, defending against Drogba is one of the keys - if not the biggest key."
Chelsea, though, have suffered a run of consistently poor form recently and are six points behind leaders Manchester United having played the same number of games.
"I am surprised that they lost five games [already this season], especially three at home against teams not challenging for the championship," Wenger told BBC Sport.
"We are in a good position this season. But our home form in the second half of the season will be the decider."
Of his own strikers, Wenger admits that Marouane Chamakh's form has suffered amid his heavy workload this season - and, with Robin van Persie ready to start and Nicklas Bendtner also available, he may choose to rest the Moroccan.
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