Chambers relishing Drogba test


Arsenal defender Calum Chambers says he is looking forward to the challenge Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba will provide when the pair meet in the MLS All-Star Game.

Chambers, 21, will be the Gunners’ most experienced centre-half for the match with Laurent Koscielny offered an extended rest after the Euros, Gabriel Paulista suffering with tonsillitis and Per Mertesacker ruled out for five months with a knee injury.

Drogba is a member of the All-Star team which will take on Arsene Wenger’s team on July 28 and Chambers feels he can take valuable experience from his matchup with the Ivorian.

“Because of his position out there, the position he plays, it would be a good test against a player of such experience,” Chambers said. “So that would be the player I’m looking forward to playing against the most.

“He just always scores important goals. Just the way he plays; he’s strong, he’s a big character as well. To match up against players of that sort, that’s what you want to do. That’s who you want to play against. So that, for me, I think, will be a great experience.”

Drogba has made a huge impact in MLS since moving to Montreal in 2015, scoring 19 goals in 25 league appearances.

Chambers went on to say how he has huge admiration for how Drogba appraoches a game, describing him as a ‘handful’.

“He’s always in the right place at the right time. I think just the way he plays, he’s got a great finish on him as well.

“He’s strong. He’s got the full package. I think that’s what makes him such a handful.”

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