Perhaps one of the fiercest rivalries in the Premier League, Chelsea vs Arsenal always promises to be a hugely entertaining affair that provides a number of memorable moments. Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger used to go at it with a dislike towards each other, which appeared to resonate on the pitch as players would look to get all three points and leave nothing out there.
Chelsea have become one of the most successful sides in English football with the backing of Roman Abramovich and have become a side many want to witness in the flesh because of the stars they have on offer, as well as their ability to win a number of the top trophies in the game. Since their inception, the west London outfit have managed to pick up no fewer than five top-flight titles.
Arsenal, in their own right, are also one of the most recognised football clubs in England and the world as well. Whether that be down to the 13 league titles (London’s most successful club), the invincible season of 2003/04 or the style of play Wenger had his side playing, the Gunners have a storied history.
Stamford Bridge has become an iconic venue over the years and its 41,837-seater capacity has since become a rather intimidating place for visiting sides to try and play their football, despite it being just the ninth-largest venue in the Premier League.
You never know what to expect when these two London behemoths take to the pitch at Stamford Bridge, which certainly adds to the intrigue that the fixture creates every time it is played.
Chelsea have managed to record wins as big as 6-0 in 2014, which had the memorable moment whereby referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a handball in the penalty box. However, the Blues have had moments they will want to forget against Arsenal at home, with the Gunners having run riot in a 3-5 victory back in 2011.
Of course, with two sides the size of Chelsea and Arsenal, it would only be normal for there to have been superstars on the pitch and the host of names that can be included are truly limitless. Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard are perhaps three men to have thrived against the Gunners, whereas Thierry Henry, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli have all been successful as well.
There have been a number of players in the past to have turned out for both sides as well, with Petr Cech, William Gallas, Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas just a few of those to have played in the capital for both clubs.
When two Premier League winners go up against each other, you can usually expect a buzz around the fixture and Chelsea versus Arsenal is no different. The Blues and Gunners tend to play out a hugely entertaining fixture and one that is incredibly unpredictable to predict, although a large number of goals do appear to be on offer on a semi-regular basis.
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