There was much speculation that Drogba could do the unthinkable and don an Arsenal shirt until Arsene Wenger distanced himself from a move for the Ivory Coast forward.
Judging by the reaction of Chelsea and Arsenal fans to the news that Drogba has re-signed a one-year deal with Jose Mourinho's side, it is probably for the best that he is back at the Bridge two years after he departed.
For Chelsea fans, it gives Drogba the chance to add to his incredible tally against their club's fierce rivals. He scored 15 goals in 15 games against Arsenal in his first period at the club.
Not that Arsenal fans will be running scared of Drogba. As the news emerged that Drogba had re-signed for Chelsea, some Gunners were busy making the point that he is just a poor man's Thierry Henry.
Arsenal come across the French forward in a pre-season friendly with New York Red Bulls on their pre-season tour of the US on Saturday. Like Drogba, he is a legend in red and white.
Thierry Henry > Didier Drogba Don't even get me started! pic.twitter.com/g8p2LjEw7g
— UberArsenal (@UberAFC) July 25, 2014
— Champions Arsenal (@tomgunner14) July 25, 2014
Respect your elders. Give Drogba 11 back @oscar11
— Baha (@LifeOfBaha) July 25, 2014
John Terry paid his own tribute to the returning hero.
John Terry writes some kind words on Instagram to welcome home Didier Drogba. pic.twitter.com/mDUITuKMHU
— ChelsUpdates (@CheIsUpdates) July 25, 2014
And cricketer Kevin Pietersen had this to say.
Of course, there was plenty of jubilation regarding the return of the icon.
— Drogba Foundation (@didierdrogba) July 25, 2014
A Chelsea forward, and a Chelsea legend.
Some Chelsea fans thought Wenger would be horrified by the news.
Arsene Wenger reacts to news that Drogba has joined Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/PmNceduwaf
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) July 25, 2014
Diego Costa could be in the form of his life by October, but you just know that Mourinho will drop him and start Drogba against Arsenal.
— wh7 (@waq_7) July 25, 2014
15 goals/15 games in all competitions against #Arsenal for Didier Drogba. Let's break that goal per game ratio this season, lads. Please.
— Joe Baker (@Bakes135) July 25, 2014
It will be interesting to see what happens if Drogba lines up against Arsenal on October 5. It is already interesting.
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