Arsenal and Chelsea, two footballing giants in London have both played out some brilliant games in the English Premier League over the years. There has been interesting duels between former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger leading to comments like “Specialist in Failure” a jibe directed to Wenger from Mourinho, Kanu’s Wonder hat trick and so much more.
As the two teams clash this Saturday, News legend.com.ng’s OJO BAMIJI reviews some of the best matches between the two. This game coming as Arsene Wenger gets set to mark his 20th year in charge of the Gunners could prove crucial to the title ambitions of both sides. Will Antonio Conte continue from Mourinho stopped and prove to be a nemesis to the Frenchman?
- Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal – March 2014, Premier League
A startling result due to the margin of victory but one that won’t be forgotten by either side. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge will be one he wishes to banish from memory. Unfortunately for him, Chelsea fans will never let him forget it as they hit the north London outfit for six. A double from Oscar and goals from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Mohammed Salah did the damage in a soul-crushing defeat. The match will also be remembered for referee Andre Marriner’s mistakenly sending off Kieran Gibbs for handball when it was in fact Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who had committed the offence.
- 29, 2011: Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal, Premier League Robin van Persie led Arsenal to one of their finest moments at Stamford Bridge, the Dutch striker netting a hat trick as the Gunners twice came from behind for a memorable victory. Van Persie took advantage of a slip by John Terry to make it 4-3 in the 85th minute before rounding off the win in injury time overshadowing two spectacular goals by Juan Mata and Theo Walcott in a game that never let up. It was another goal-fest but this time they were spread out between both sides and it was Arsenal who came out on top thanks largely to Robin van Persie. The Flying Dutchman scored a hat-trick for Wenger’s side as they came from 2-1 down at half-time to win 5-3 with Andre Santos and Theo Walcott also getting in on the act. Frank Lampard, John Terry and Juan Mata were Chelsea’s goal scorers that day.
- Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal – October 1999
A game that will forever be remembered by Nwankwo Kanu’s individual magic for Arsenal as they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. With 15 minutes to go the rangy Nigerian grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck by first poking past Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey after collecting a wild Marc Overmars shot in his stride. Eight minutes later it was 2-2 after he drilled a strike past De Goey.
And with 90 minutes on the clock, the forward completed the unbelievable comeback, crushing Chelsea hearts. De Goey rushed out to meet the striker on the byline, but Kanu jinked past him and somehow curled his shot into the top corner from a tight angle to the delight of the delirious away fans.
- Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal – September 1997
Two years prior, the same score happened courtesy of another dramatic Arsenal winner – this time from an unlikely source in Nigel Winterburn. Chelsea took the lead in the first half thanks to a Gus Poyet strike, before Dennis Bergkamp equalised before the interval. The latter put Arsenal 2-1 ahead after the break but Mark Hughes made it 2-2 shortly after the hour mark. In a feisty match littered with bookings, Chelsea defender Frank LeBoeuf soon saw red for a second yellow card after fouling Bergkamp. With the hosts seemingly holding on to a point with 10 men, Winterburn picked the ball up 40 yards out and unleashed a driving shot into the top right-hand corner to snatch all three points for the Gunners late on.
- Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea – May 2009
After midweek exits in the Champions League semi-finals, both sides were keen to get back to winning ways, but it was Chelsea who bounced back the stronger with a convincing victory at the Emirates Stadium. There had been hope Arsenal could catch Chelsea and finish third in the table but goals from Alex, Nicolas Anelka, an own goal from Kolo Toure and Florent Malouda’s strike secured the Blues direct entry into the Champions League and left their north London adversaries contemplating another fourth-place finish.
- Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea – December 2004
Thierry Henry scored a brace for the hosts but it was the manner of his controversial second that left Chelsea and Jose Mourinho apoplectic as he scored a free-kick while Petr Cech, then playing for the visitors, was lining up his wall. Arsenal had got off to a flyer when the Frenchman broke the deadlock just 75 seconds in, rifling home a shot after a chested pass from Jose Antonio Reyes. John Terry leveled things up with a towering header before Henry grabbed his second of the night. However, Eidur Gudjohnsen earned the Blues a point with a late equaliser.
- 27, 2010: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea, Premier League
This might be the game Arsenal look at for inspiration ahead of Sunday’s clash. They ended a five-match losing run against Chelsea and boosted their title hopes in the process with an emphatic victory at the Emirates. After Alex Song put the Gunners ahead in the first half, Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas took turns setting up the other to score past Petr Cech as the hosts pulled within two points of leaders Manchester United. It was the first time in 11 meetings that Arsenal managed to beat either Chelsea or United.