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In advance of Saturday’s FA Cup remaining, Aim rank the biggest Africans to play for the Gunners or the Blues.
#10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Auba has continued to show himself to be an elite striker right after arriving in English football from Borussia Dortmund.
He received the Golden Boot in Germany, and repeated that feat in the Leading League previous time period, netting 22 ambitions to tie with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the best of the scoring charts.
This period, he just skipped out on reclaiming the award, shedding out to Jamie Vardy by a single objective, but could he still close the 12 months with silverware?
#9 George Weah
Thanks to his name, Weah gets a point out on this record.
The only African to have won the Ballon d’Or, the Liberian powerhouse invested a productive yr at Chelsea in 1999-2000.
He scored on his debut and went on to lead aims in that season’s prosperous FA Cup triumph.
Couple African gamers in history can match the sort of type and top quality that Weah demonstrated with AC Milan in the mid 1990s.
#8 Samuel Eto’o
Eto’o arrived at Stamford Bridge in the twilight of his job but nevertheless showed glimpses of his skill in his 12 months at the club.
Possessing performed for Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, he joined the Portuguese manager at the London giants in 2013.
He managed a unforgettable hat-trick in a 3-1 get about Manchester United, just one of his better performances for the Blues.
Geremi, an additional Cameroonian on the record, used a few several years at Stamford Bridge and won two Leading League winner’s medals less than Jose Mourinho.
A hardworking-if modest-operator, the previous Serious Madrid midfielder was principally a squad player for the duration of his time at the club but one particular that was cherished for his frame of mind and management competencies.
He accomplished wonderful results with the Indomitable Lions at the commencing of the century.
Lauren was a vital player in two wonderful teams most likely most popular for enjoying his portion as a starter in Arsenal’s Invincibles, he also shone as Cameroon gained consecutive Africa Cup of Nations, and picked up an Olympic gold medal.
A course act!
#5 John Obi Mikel
Mikel served the Londoners for more than a decade.
In his lengthy and distinguished profession at Stamford Bridge, he won just about every level of competition worthy of successful both equally in Europe and domestically ahead of moving to China.
He is now a absolutely free agent soon after leaving Trabzonspor in the course of the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
#4 Kolo Toure
When Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ were at the peak of their powers, Kolo Toure was a rock in the coronary heart of of their defence.
He formed a sound partnership with former Tottenham hero Sol Campbell and is thought of to be one particular of Arsene Wenger’s most astute buys.
He was a no-nonsense, tough-tackling defender, and the Gunners have struggled to switch him due to the fact his departure.
#3 Michael Essien
Essien arrived at Chelsea in a big-income transfer from Olympique Lyonnais, and his remain at the London club was absolutely nothing small of outstanding.
The Ghanaian powerhouse redefined the defensive-midfield placement as a full and was also a incredibly productive whole-back when desired.
His 17 goals and 168 appearances converse for themselves, even if injuries ruined the latter stages of his career.
The Bison later on moved to Indonesian side Persib Bandung.
#2 Nwankwo Kanu
Kanu was a person of the to start with profitable Africans to grace the Premier League, and he did it in excellent fashion with Arsenal.
The Nigeria striker was in a class of his possess, successful the African Footballer of the Year award two times, 3 FA Cups, and the Leading league twice as a Gunner.
He also gained the Uefa Champions League with Ajax and the Uefa Cup with Inter Milan, all the though impressing with his creation and superb footwork.
#1 Didier Drogba
Drogba has been voted Chelsea’s ideal-ever participant by the supporters. That in alone speaks volumes of the impression he produced at the London outfit.
Able of the magnificent at any supplied instant, Drogba scored 136 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues and delivered quite a few a charming shows in the famous blue shirt.
He is a bona fide Blues legend and was the vital determine in 2012 as the Pensioners became the initially London club to win the Champions League.
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