Chelsea v Arsenal: 5 Of The Best Premier League Meetings


Chelsea and Arsenal lock horns again on Sunday afternoon in what is always one of the Premier League’s most eagerly-anticipated London derbies.

Drama is never too far away when the pair lock horns, and here are five of their best clashes at Stamford Bridge:

 

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, 21/09/1997

This clash went one way and then the other before it was won by an unstoppable strike from an unlikely source.

The hosts took the lead shortly before half-time when Gus Poyet turned in from close range following a corner, but there was still time in the half for Dennis Bergkamp to equalise despite Chelsea protests for an apparent handball by Patrick Vieira in the buildup.

Bergkamp and Gianfranco Zola – two of the Premier League’s all-time great artists – then traded goals early in the second half before, after Chelsea’s Frank Leboeuf was sent off, full-back Nigel Winterburn – not exactly one of the Premier League’s great artists – won it with a spectacular 25-yarder a minute from time.

 

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, 23/10/1999

Two years later we saw the same scoreline at Stamford Bridge, as one Arsenal forward instantly made himself a club hero.

Headers from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu appeared to have Chelsea coasting to a 2-0 victory, until Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu took over with an astonishing hat-trick in the final 15 minutes, including a remarkable winner from a tight angle.

Kanu believe it? Not many could.

 

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1, 23/03/2008

We could have picked any one of several examples of when Didier Drogba bullied the Arsenal defence, but perhaps the most brutal example came during a game at Stamford Bridge in March 2008.

Arsenal appeared set for victory when Bacary Sagna headed them in front just before the hour mark, only for Drogba to take over and plunder two goals in the final 18 minutes to drag Avram Grant’s side to victory.

Avram Grant, yeah. That happened.

 

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Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5, 29/10/2011

A frankly ridiculous lunchtime kick-off featured eight goals – one of which was even scored by Andre Santos.

The big hitters got on the scoresheet in the first half as Frank Lampard, Robin van Persie and John Terry all found the net to make it 2-1 to Chelsea. The goals then kept flowing in the second period as Santos and Theo Walcott struck to give Arsenal the lead, before a fine drive from Juan Mata made it 3-3.

Terry’s slip allowed Van Persie in to make it 4-3 with five minutes to go, and the Dutchman completed his hat-trick and Arsenal’s victory in stoppage time. Then everyone breathed.

 

Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0, 22/03/2014          

The most recent meeting of the rivals came on the occasion of Arsene Wenger’s 1000th Gunners match, but by the end of the afternoon he wanted to forget all about it.

Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle put Chelsea two up inside seven minutes, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s handball on the line infamously led to the sending off of Kieran Gibbs.

Eden Hazard scored from the spot, before strikes either side of half-time from Oscar and a first Chelsea goal for Mohamed Salah completed the rout.

 

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