Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League game sees the two biggest clubs from London go head to head as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. The two have battled it out at the upper end of the Premier League table in recent years and their have been some real crackers between the sides…
Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal, 22nd March 2014, Premier League
Probably the most well known match between these two for some time. Arsène Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal was supposed to be a day of celebration for the Gunners, but Chelsea made it adamantly clear that this wasn’t going to be the case after just four minutes when they took the lead through an Eto’o curler. Even though Chelsea hammered six past the Arsenal defence that afternoon, the match is probably best remembered for the horrific mixup made by referee Andre Marriner, who mistook Kieran Gibbs for Oxlade-Chamberlain and sent him off. This just added to the insanity of that scarcely believable match.
Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal, 29th October 2011, Premier League
What a game this was. After struggling earlier in the season (losing 8-2 to Manchester United), Arsenal had started to gather some momentum when they were set to face Chelsea in a crucial tie to maintain their form. Having not won at Stamford Bridge since 2008, it looked like Arsenal would struggle to get anything out of the game. It turned out that a Robin van Persie-inspired Arsenal would not only win, but put five past Chelsea in a crazily open match. A hat trick from the Dutch striker and goals from Theo Walcott and André Santos (André Santos!!!) helped Arsenal seal the three points and cap off an incredible 90 minutes.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, 23rd October 1999, Premier League
Chelsea were leading 2-0 at home with 15 minutes of the match left, seemingly cruising towards the victory. Up step Nwankwo Kanu… in just fifteen minutes, the Nigerian had bagged himself an improbable hat trick, with his outstanding third goal forcing a vintage bit of commentary out of Martin Tyler. Arsenal held on to their lead to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points, all thanks to the magical striker. “Can you believe it!?”
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate), 6th April 2004, Champions League Quarter Final 2nd leg
This is a match that is sure to bring back some painful memories for Arsenal fans. Though they would go through the whole Premier League season unbeaten, Arsenal and Arsène Wenger were left thinking what could have been after they were knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the same week, by Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. The Chelsea defeat was particularly tough to take, as Arsenal failed to make the most out of their chances in the first half. Chelsea used the break to regroup and they subsequently dominated the second half. After a Lampard equaliser, Wayne Bridge stormed through with only a few minutes left to calmly slot home the winner and put an end to Arsenal’s European campaign. This match firmly certified Chelsea’s new found reputation and stature in England and Europe.
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea, 4th May 2002, FA Cup Final
A historic final for Arsenal, as they sealed the Premier League and FA Cup double that year. The FA Cup final will forever be remembered for Ray Parlour’s wonder strike that gave Arsenal the lead. As good as Martin Tyler’s commentary is (again), it is probably not as well remembered as Tim Lovejoy’s comments on Sky’s Fan Zone. With Parlour dribbling through the midfield and 30 yards from goal, a fresh-faced Tim Lovejoy calmly and famously states “It’s only Ray Parlour”…only for the Arsenal legend to pull of one of his best goals ever.
Who will come out on top this weekend? Chelsea or Arsenal?