José Mourinho has expressed his disappointment that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba isn’t fit to torment Arsenal on Sunday.
The 36-year-old Ivory Coast striker has proven the scourge of Arsenal during a decorated career, scoring a remarkable 15 goals in 15 games against the north London side.
However, the Champions League winner isn’t available for the Gunners’s visit to the Premier League leaders after aggravating an ankle problem ahead of the London derby.
And Chelsea manager Mourinho is frustrated that he won’t have the option of calling on his secret weapon at Stamford Bridge in the clash between the league’s two unbeaten sides.
“As you can see since the beginning of the season, Didier in conditions [to play] is always on the bench or started against Schalke,” Mourinho said.
“He is always involved in the team and I can see positive things that he can give to the team. I’m not happy that he is not selected [for the Arsenal clash].”
The Chelsea manager rubbished the suggestion that Drogba could still have a big role in a non-playing capacity on Sunday, adding that he wanted his striker to leave his mark on the pitch and not in the dressing room.
“We don’t need him to talk to the players, we need his characteristics as a player. It is pity that he is not available.”