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Chelsea v Arsenal: Five greatest games

Original article published 1 November 2022

London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal have had some titanic battles over the years with quality and controversial moments alike.

Ahead of their meeting this Sunday, we look at the five best matches between the two rivals, as Arsenal seek to pull further clear at the top of the Premier League table.

WhatChelsea v Arsenal
Where12:00, Sunday 6th November
WhenStamford Bridge, London
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsChelsea 8/5, Draw 12/5, Arsenal 13/8

Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, 23rd October 1999

Chelsea were looking to make further progress under Gianluca Vialli following a very successful period where they had won the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup under the Italian.

Big money was being spent by the owners and they were an established force in the top four. To win the title, they needed to beat the likes of Arsenal.

Chelsea went 2-0 up after 52 minutes with goals coming from Tore-Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu. A win in this game may have made Arsenal and Manchester United sit up and take notice.

Up stepped Nwankwo Kanu. The Nigerian may be remembered for being a super-sub at Arsenal but this game belonged to him as his stunning goal turned the game around. A strike from an impossible angle at a sodden Stamford Bridge sealed the win.

Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal, 21st February 2004

Arsenal were well on their way to an unbeaten season and faced a tough away trip to Stamford Bridge with Claudio Ranieri's men seeking to make a late title charge.

Chelsea made a terrific start as Eidur Gudjohnsen put them in front inside the opening minute. However, that was as good as it got for the Blues with the ruthless Gunners storming back to win.

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Patrick Vieira netted what was his first Premier League goal of the season after being played through before Edu got Arsenal in front on the 21-minute mark after Neil Sullivan fumbled a corner kick.

Gudjohnsen's day was a real rollercoaster as he was sent off after an hour for a second bookable offence - the Icelandic forward was shown a booking for a dive in the first half before clipping Gilberto Silva down to the ground in the second.

Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal, 29th October 2011

No other Premier League meeting between the sides has produced as many goals as this cracker from 2011 as Arsene Wenger's Gunners put Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea to the sword.

The Blues were 2-1 up at the break following goals from Frank Lampard and John Terry but the game belonged to Robin van Persie with the Dutchman at the peak of his powers in this London derby.

The much-maligned Andre Santos got on the scoresheet as did Theo Walcott, who bulldozed his way through the porous Chelsea defence, but van Persie's cool finish around the onrushing Petr Cech made it 4-3 before the Dutchman smashed home a fierce left-foot drive to make it five.

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal, 22nd March 2014

Just a month after Jose Mourinho branded Wenger a "specialist in failure" the Portuguese boss was partly vindicated following a 6-0 annihilation of the Gunners.

Chelsea were 2-0 up inside seven minutes with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle before Kieran Gibbs was sent off in a case of mistaken identity with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Referee Andre Marriner thought Gibbs handled a goalbound shot from Eden Hazard and was given his marching orders, despite Oxlade-Chamberlain confirming that it was him.

Hazard's penalty wrapped the game up after 17 minutes and Chelsea could enjoy themselves thereafter. Two from Oscar and one from Mo Salah summed up a chastening afternoon for Arsenal, who at that point had gone nearly nine years without a major trophy.

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea, 1st August 2020

Arsenal's first trophy under Mikel Arteta was in the behind-closed-doors FA Cup final at Wembley where they showed plenty of spirit and resolve to come from a goal down.

In the fifth minute, Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the lead at Wembley as they sought revenge for their final loss against the Gunners three years earlier.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero of the afternoon for the Gunners as his penalty got them back on level terms before he chipped in brilliantly to make it 2-1. Mateo Kovacic was dismissed a few minutes later and the North London side held on to win their fourth FA Cup final in the space of seven years.

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