Tuesday 24 October 2017

6 memorable matches between Chelsea and Arsenal

Arsene Wenger, centre, has witnessed some memorable matches at Stamford Bridge over the years
Arsene Wenger, centre, has witnessed some memorable matches at Stamford Bridge over the years

Chelsea and Arsenal have built up an intense rivalry over the years and on Saturday they clash once again in the title race.

With seven Premier League titles between them, Press Association Sport looks back at some memorable matches between the two London teams.

Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0, Premier League - March 2014

Arsene Wenger was left humiliated on his 1000th game in charge of the Gunners. In the 15th minute, referee Andre Marriner mistakenly showed Kieran Gibbs red instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a deliberate handball in the penalty area. Although, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were already 2-0 up at that stage with goals coming from Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle. Eden Hazard dispatched the resulting penalty before Oscar made it 4-0 just before half-time. Chelsea added two more in the second half with Oscar grabbing his second and Mohamed Salah getting himself on the score sheet.

Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5, Premier League - October 2011

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie inspired the Gunners to an incredible comeback in an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal came from a goal behind twice in the match before Van Persie took advantage of a John Terry slip with five minutes remaining. Terry's fall led to the forward rounding goalkeeper Petr Cech and tapping into an empty net to give Arsenal a 4-3 lead. The Dutchman completed his hat-trick and confirmed all three points when he made it five in stoppage time.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1, League Cup final - February 2007

Wenger fielded a team with the average age of 21, which was the youngest to play in a major English cup final. The Frenchman's decision nearly paid off as 17-year-old Theo Walcott gave the Gunners the lead after 12 minutes. Chelsea responded and equalised through Didier Drogba eight minutes later. Drogba went on to net the winner with five minutes remaining, as he expertly headed home an Arjen Robben cross. But the game was not finished as both sets of players ended up having a brawl in the final moments, with both managers on the pitch attempting to calm their players down. Referee Howard Webb showed Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure the red card, whilst also sending off Chelsea's John Obi Mikel.

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 (2-3 agg), Champions League - April 2004

Chelsea ended their 17-match winless run against their London rivals as they caused an upset to reach the Champions League semi-final. The first leg ended 1-1 and Chelsea were huge underdogs going into the game. Their task was made even tougher after Jose Antonio Reyes handed the hosts the lead on the stroke of half-time. However, the visitors responded after the break as Frank Lampard scored an equaliser in the 51st minute before Wayne Bridge netted the winner with three minutes remaining.

Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0, FA Cup final - May 2002

An unlikely scorer in Ray Parlour gave Arsenal the lead in the 70th minute at the Millennium Stadium as he scored a wonder goal from 25 yards out. Ten minutes later Freddie Ljungberg doubled the Gunners' advantage with a fantastic solo run before curling the ball past Carlo Cudicini. It was only a few days later Arsenal completed the domestic double as they defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford, which secured the Premier League title.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, Premiership - October 1999

A Nwankwo Kanu hat-trick completed a sensational comeback against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The home side looked in control as headers from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu put them 2-0 up after 52 minutes played. Chelsea had not conceded a goal at home all season until Kanu scored a stunning 15-minute hat-trick at the end of the game, including his 90th-minute winner to record a memorable victory against their London rivals.

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