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Ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou, 36, is making the move to join Djibouti champions Arta Solar 7 and will link up with old Arsenal rival Alex Song

The FORMER Chelsea striker has joined ambitious Djibouti champions AS Arta Solar in an old association with ex-Arsenal rival Alex Song.

Ivory Coast hero Kalou, 36, and Gunners fan favorite Song, 37, are aiming to help Arta become one of Africa’s best clubs.

Salomon Kalou and fellow countryman Didier Drogba were among one of Chelsea's most successful squads

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Salomon Kalou and fellow countryman Didier Drogba were among one of Chelsea’s most successful squadsPhoto credit: AFP
Ivory Coast hero Salomon Kalou has joined Arta Solar

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Ivory Coast hero Salomon Kalou has joined Arta SolarPhoto credit: AFP

The duo work alongside numerous internationals including former Cameroon goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni, Indomitable Lion defender Dany Nounkeu, Senegalese frontman Diafra Sakho and Burkina Faso attacker Alain Traore.

But it’s the encounter between Kalou and Song that will capture the imagination of African football fans.

Arta wants to become one of the big names in one of football’s emerging continents.

And Kalou signed a short-term contract after stints at Lille and Hertha BC.

He became a free agent after his contract with Brazilian Botafogo expired in 2021.

Arta landed the Djiboutian league and cup double in 2021/22.

The East African club are determined to strengthen their squad with bigger names.

Their main goal is to make a big impact in the Caf Champions League next season.

In the first qualifying round of this year’s tournament, they lost to the Kenyan first division side Tusker FC.

Kalou’ was brought in specifically to shine in the Caf event.

And together with ex-Barcelona midfielder Song, he is the biggest name in club history. He is expected to bring his vast experience to the team, particularly in continental games.

The 36-year-old is on a free transfer after his contract with Brazilian club Botafogo expired in April this year.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5560394/salomon-kalou-chelsea-arsenal-arta-solar-7-alex-song/ Ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou, 36, is making the move to join Djibouti champions Arta Solar 7 and will link up with old Arsenal rival Alex Song

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