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Michael Taylor 9th May 2009 - 16:43

Drogba can find redemption at the Emirates

After an embarrassing past few days it is now time for Didier Drogba to put up or shut up in Chelsea's eagerly anticipated clash with fellow Champions League failures Arsenal.

The loud-mouthed striker's verbal tirade on hapless referee Tom Henning Ovrebo was as arrogant as it was disgraceful and it is now vitally important for the Blues that the Ivorian starts making back page highlights for the right reasons.

And what a chance he has of grabbing some glory against Arsene Wenger's makeshift backline which looked so vulnerable against Manchester United.

The massive 2/1 about him scoring is very hard to look away from especially when you consider Drogba has netted seven times in the last six matches he has played against Arsenal.

Add in the fact he thrives whenever controversy is around, it looks even more likely that instead of screaming in rage at the world's TV cameras he will be screaming with joy.

Let's just hope we finally get a game without controversy though.

Following Darren Fletcher's sending off and pretty much everything involved in the Chelsea-Barca game it would be nice if Phil Dowd keeps control of this potentially fiery contest.

However you wouldn't bet against a few game-changing decisions and with 3/1 about a penalty being given and scored you can almost see the headlines being written early - Dowd just better make sure he doesn't upset Drogba or Michael Ballack.

Arsenal's biggest task at the Emirates is finding a way to get motivated now their season is pretty much dead.

Their lacklustre 3-1 loss against United on Tuesday ended any chances for a trophy this year and with Andrei Arshavin struggling to overcome a virus they may find breaking down Chelsea is a tough task.

Cesc Fabregas was largely ineffective on Tuesday and he wasn't helped by yet another indifferent performance from Emmanuel Adebayor, while Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott had few opportunities to assert themselves.

They will all certainly need to show more on Sunday or run the risk of John Terry and Alex dominating in-front of the rejuvenated Petr Cech.

The problem is I can't see the Gunners improving; therefore I would take the 13/8 about a Chelsea win all day long.

The Blues midfield, led by the incredible Michael Essien, is so tough and could very easily make Arsenal's band of small, skilful stars look almost lightweight - just as they did in the Champions League semi-final.

And if Drogba and Nicolas Anelka can strike up the partnership which delivered so much against Fulham a week ago then you have to believe Kolo Toure and whoever plays alongside him will struggle.

It might not be a Chelsea romp but, with pride up for grabs, it seems a little bit of redemption could be heading to West London, with Drogba leading the way.

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