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'He's a fighter': Wenger once compared Arsenal's reported January target to Didier Drogba

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The January transfer window is right around the corner and the rumour mill is beginning to gain pace. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been linked with a number of players already, but the most surprising link popped up yesterday.

Spanish outlet AS claimed last night that the Gunners are closely monitoring the situation of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid. The former Chelsea man has terminated his contract and Arsenal are reportedly willing to pounce if he is available next month.

That really makes no sense. Arsenal already have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah up front. Gabriel Martinelli can also lead the line and so can young Folarin Balogun who is desperate for regular game time.

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Signing Costa is unnecessary at the moment unless one of Lacazette or Nketiah leaves. The Atleti star’s potential arrival will almost certainly push Balogun out of the door as well, which makes it a deal we should stay away from.

However, his record in England could convince a few at Arsenal. Costa scored 58 goals and provided 24 assists in all competitions for Chelsea. He was a real pain to play against as well as he has scored seven goals against us including strikes in the FA Cup final as well as in the Europa League semi-final.

Costa is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes – the same man who helped Arsenal beat a number of teams to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille back in the summer of 2019. (Football London) Arsene Wenger hated dealing with big agents like Mendes, but our former boss was a huge fan of Diego Costa as a player.

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He’s similar to Didier Drogba

Wenger even compared the Atletico Madrid man to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who was another striker who loved playing against us.

“I like Costa as a player,” Wenger said as per The Express. “I like the qualities of the player. All the rest around is not needed. He’s a very strong player. He looks to have cleaned up his act, that he behaves more focused on the game. And that makes him more dangerous.”

“He is a fighter and you respect that. The rest is down to the referees to get the game and the rules respected. He is similar to [Didier] Drogba because he’s a top-quality player.”

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