Laurent Koscielny is now a key part of Arsenal’s defensive set-up, and he revealed who is the toughest player he has played against in a question and answer session with the official Gunners Twitter account.
The former Lorient central defender has made 187 appearances for the Gunners since signing for the club in 2010, and he has faced a number of the best forwards in world football across the Premier League and Champions League.
When asked who was the toughest striker he has ever faced, the French international named two players considered as the best in the world during their primes - Lionel Messi, and, in England, Didier Drogba.
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The traits Koscielny has highlighted about Drogba are those named regularly when talking about the Ivorian striker, who is well past his peak nowadays. His strength, ability in the air and goalscoring feats are consistently praised, although the French defender never played against Drogba when arguably in the prime of his career.
Arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2010, Koscielny never had to face Drogba in either of his two best goalscoring seasons - 2006-07 and 2009-10 - when he won the Premier League Golden Boot.
The defender’s fixtures against Drogba have all come in the latter stages of the forward’s career, but, if Koscielny still believes he is one of the toughest strikers around, it says a lot about how hard it must have been to face Drogba during the prime years of his Chelsea career.