The two forwards - both tall, dynamic goal-scorers - may meet on Monday when Chelsea make the trip to the Emirates Stadium as the Blues look to put an end to their recent poor form.
The Moroccan, having scored ten goals in his first 26 goals at Arsenal, has meanwhile made a great impact in his first season with the Gunners.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the front man said he was happy to follow in Drogba’s footsteps.
“As far as I am concerned, he is a role model for strikers,” said the 26-year-old. “He’s had extraordinary success. And as an Ivory Coast player and an African man, it makes me even happier to see him succeed and get rewarded for his hard work.
“I have the greatest respect for him and what he’s achieved even though he went through some tough times.
“I wish him lots of happiness and I hope that maybe one day I’ll get to his level, even though I know he has raised the bar very high.”
Upon being asked about what he thinks of the similarities between the two, the former Bordeaux man said: “It’s extremely flattering.
"We can have a similar style without being at the same level."
“His legacy in France is immense. He has always been a fantastic competitor and I think he has rightly been rewarded for his hard work having gone through a lot.”