The Arsenal Manager said that he missed an opportunity to sign Drogba in the early days of his career.
During an interview, the Arsenal boss said: “I would have loved to have managed Didier Drogba for two reasons.
“I missed him when he played in France at Le Mans – not even in the top league. I knew he was good player there and I missed him.
“And secondly because he hurt us so much in big games that all this pain would not have happened.”
Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004 and has scored a total of 15 goals in 15 games against Arsenal.
He returned to Chelsea in July, after spending 6 months with Shanghai Shenhua in China and one and a half seasons with Turkish giants Galatasaray.