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Is this Drogba's last season for us?


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Luv Drogs and hate him sometimes as well. He just looks so off the pace this season. Lumbering round committing fouls.

The strength is still there. He still has skills like the cushioned header. Overall though not sure if he's fast enough anymore. Just a shadow of the striker that scored three against Liverpool a few seasons back.

Team won't be the same without him but I'm thinking it's time to move on.

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Dont think it's his last season, hes getting older but none can deny that he is in really good shape and I reckon he will play until his late 30's, maybe not with us but I can see him being 35 and still playing for us.

He could really be a good mentor to Sturridge, and if we decide to bring Lukaku even more so hence their similar style of play.

Drogs got it in him.

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Dont think it's his last season, hes getting older but none can deny that he is in really good shape and I reckon he will play until his late 30's, maybe not with us but I can see him being 35 and still playing for us.He could really be a good mentor to Sturridge, and if we decide to bring Lukaku even more so hence their similar style of play.

Drogs got it in him.

I hope not.

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I thought he looked quite good at the start of the season. Didn't he get injured then and also had malaria. That surely had some effect on him.

Sure, he's getting "old", but I think he's got atleast a couple more seasons in him. If he doesn't get any bad injuries anyway.

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I hope not.

If he is still with us for the 2012-13 season, he will be!

While he thinks he is getting better with age, I cant imagine he will stay around with us longer than a season or two more. I think its the ulimate testament to Drogba's ability that I cant think of anyone in world football (Tevez is probably the closest, Zlatan a distant third but neither really have Didi's sheer strength) that could match his ability, goal scoring, strength and skill. He really is a one of a kind.

And when he goes, if the club hope to replace him, a world class striker and a world class creative attacker are both needed. Again, its the ultimate compliment that he is both those things rolled into one.

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A few bad games has everyones mind working in overdrive. Rooneys bad has been longer and he didnt have an illness to explain his goal drought. The Drog showed good signs of total recovery in yesterdays game, I personally hope he stays with us for as long as possible.

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The old malaria excuse; surely we can't think of keeping both him & Anelka as starters next season. I believe this is why complacency sets it, it should be one or the other. I think who ever we keep will be more effective in a rotational role/ coming from the bench (Scholes/ Giggs role).

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The old malaria excuse; surely we can't think of keeping both him & Anelka as starters next season. I believe this is why complacency sets it, it should be one or the other. I think who ever we keep will be more effective in a rotational role/ coming from the bench (Scholes/ Giggs role).

yeah with strops to match from either one.can you imagine those two coming on for cameos if we did get a new young gun striker or two?he gets dropped for spurs and allegedly was furious?why?he hadnt done s##t for a while (imo).think what he could be like if it happened more often.and as for anelka,no wonder he wants to finish his career there.i dont think he would get a gig at any other top club as a starting striker(well not next season anyway)he is the opposite of kalou,in that he is more effective when he starts,so coming on with a hang-dog face because he`s a sub wouldnt (imo) be a good idea.

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The reaction back in Marseille last week means he will go back, who wouldn't I suppose. That said after all we've done for him and as much success as he has had here the fact that he still feels there his spiritual home, I find a little offensive, but that's another thread.

As to whether this is the last summer, I think we'd still demand a hefty fee for him as of now. He is still the best striker in the world on his day and I'm not sure that Marseille would come up with what I'd say would be at least 10mil to get him back there, given they can wait for his contract to run down and take him back free when it expires next summer I think.

Assuming he will go to Marseille most likely at the finish of 2012, on the question of whether we should let him go this season, I think there are two counterbalancing arguments. First is one I already have touched on, that is on his day he is still the best striker in the world, utterly unstoppable and a match winner in the truest sense. He is irreplaceable, simple as that and would probably require us to change our entire strategy of play.

The second argument is linked to the final part of the first. He is getting on and won't be around forever but he still continues to dominate the way we play football. The 'long ball' play that Carlo has been damning of recently is entirely based around Drogba, it's our plan B. We can't pass through them, then we throw it long to Didier and he'll do something with it, as of course he did again Spurs. If we are in a development phase, then the next phase of that is to change our style of play to live in the post-Drogba world. The truth is we don't have a replacement for Drogba, and our style will have to change after he leaves, perhaps while we still have so many senior players to cushion it is best to move Drogba on first, and allow the change of style with senior players so that we don't have to cope with an entirely new team and new style if Frank and Didier and Anelka and others give it away at the same time.

Now with those two arguments in mind I can see three possibilities.

1. We sign Lukaku who is widely seen as his heir and give him a season with Didier before allowing Didier to go free to Marseille, and then hoping Romelu can grow into his replacement.

2. We let him go this summer for 10mil (he's still worth it) with which we use Anelka in the shortterm and attempt to fund a replacement in the long term for him

3. We just wait it out and hope he re-signs to put the argument off for another day, perhaps losing him on a free to Marseille in the process.

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I don't think this will be his last season, but I do think it should/could be his last full season as our main focal point of attack.

I think he'd be best suited to more of an impact player next season. If we do sign a youngster like Lukaku, then they'd obviously learn a lot from Didier. As would our own danny Sturridge.

We can't rely on him as heavily as we do, and this is really showing up in our current dry spell in front of goal.

I'd like to see us sign a youngster, and an attacking mid. Use the current squad to ease in the newwbies, and then try get any kind of money for those leaving as possible

Scott

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Who will bully Arsenal if he leaves? I think he will stay for another year,hopefully in the meantime we develop a couple of alternatives to him, e.g. a fast, run the channel type of goal poacher, or we get Lakauku or Caroll. He is good enough to play for a few years, but we can't bet all our eggs in his basket.

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we shouldn't be looking for another drogba. Anelka should go in the summer without doubt and I feel kalou should follow him and both be replaced with either hazard or neymar or lukaku. but I think we can move away from the 4 3 3 that has in fairness suited us well over the last 6 years. drogba does the work of 2 strikers. Why could we not sign lukaku and play him in a 2 with drogba for couple of seasons? then if lukaku shines we could use him as a lone striker? That way our midfield would be adept at playing carlo's favoured 4 4 2 diamond. It would also determine our midfielder signings and take the pressure off trying to replace lampard. ideally hazard behind lukaku and neymar in 2013.

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