Arsene Wenger: Arsenal Won't Make Offer for Didier Drogba

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal gives his players instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and  Arsenal at Anfield on September 2, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Well, when you're wrong, you're wrong.


Reports coming out of The Sun on Wednesday night had Arsenal heavily linked with a move for Didier Drogba who's in as much of a football limbo as you could be.

He left Chelsea in the summer and his new club, for whom he's only played three months, is nearing financial implosion. The story was picked up and run with by everyone.

Including myself.

Now it's Friday afternoon and according to the latest reports from ESPN, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger isn't of the opinion that Drogba is worth picking up—even on the shortest of loan spells.

Wenger didn't mince words with his thoughts about Drogba nor his opinion of the 34-year-old centre-forward, telling ESPN:

"In my opinion he is not free. He has just left England. I don't know about the situation because he came out with a completely different statement. You hear he might go to Real Madrid, but then he says 'I am staying in China'. Is it just because he wants to be paid off? I don't know."

Strong words from a traditionally heavy-handed manager.

Even though the Gunners have lost their best offensive weapon in Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, Wenger isn't budging and would apparently rather hedge his bets on a younger prospect than roll the dice on an aging player like Drogba.

Plus, it's never a good thing when a manager thinks you're in just to be "paid off" is it?

Drogba transferred to Shanghai after spending eight seasons at Chelsea, scoring a remarkable 157 goals and assisting on 71 more in just 341 appearances. That means he either scored or assisted on one goal every 1.49 matches.

Shanghai Shenhua saw the results and came knocking, promising Drogba a two-and-a-half-year deal worth £200,000 per week.

That deal, and a £100,000-a-week contract for ex-Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka, have put Shanghai in a desperate financial situation.

According to The Telegraph, Chairman Zhu Jun invested nearly £60 million of his own money into Shanghai Shenhua since 2007 and owns a 28.5 percent stake in the club. He's now reportedly unhappy with the direction the club is going and is threatening to stop funding unless he is given greater control.

No funding from Zhu means no money to keep Drogba or Anelka. Contracts would have to be voided and the two English ex-patriates would be free agents once again.

Wenger doesn't want anything to do with Drogba, and hasn't commented on Anelka, but what do you think?

Should Wenger go out on a limb and hire the mercenary for the remainder of the season? Or Wenger doing the right thing by sticking to his guns and not even distracting himself with the Drogba rumors?