Five Memorable Moments in Arsenal-Chelsea Rivalry

Arsenal-Chelsea locked horns with each other at Stamford Bridge recently. Arsenal twice went behind and both times they struck back to get a share in the spoils. Both teams will be in action soon as Chelsea faces Hull City and Arsenal travels to Bournemouth in the FA Cup. You can go to online sports betting in NY and bet on these amazing matches.

1- The Melee at 2007 Carling Cup

This was the Arsenal-Chelsea rivalry at its peak. The stakes were very high, the animosity was boiling and both teams were stocked with superstars who wanted nothing less than victory.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Arsenal, but Didier Drogba canceled out their advantage and then scored a late second-half goal to get his team to the brink of victory. In the stoppage time, Kolo Toure and John Obi Mikel squared off resulting in a melee between Chelsea and Arsenal players. Even Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger had to enter the pitch as peace-makers. Three players received red cards before the match could be re-started which Chelsea won comfortably in the end.

2- Arsenal clinched 2002 FA Cup

The quality of football matches just goes to the next level when there is a trophy on the line. And it was the 2002 FA Cup prize which brought an exhilarating encounter from Chelsea and Arsenal players at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Both teams matched the other in quality and commitment with the result that neither could score even though they both created very good goal-scoring opportunities. And as the prospect of extra-time loomed, Arsenal’s Ray Parlour scored with a superb, curling shot. Once the spell was broken, Arsenal didn’t take long to score another as Freddie Ljungberg got on the scoresheet to clinch the trophy for the Gunners.

3- Jose Mourinho lived up to his reputation

This was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th match in charge as Arsenal manager. For the Frenchman, it was a great opportunity to cap off such a historic occasion with a victory against a true rival. But the festive occasion quickly evaporated as party spoiler Jose Mourinho inflicted a crushing defeat to his great adversary.

Chelsea players Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle struck early blows before Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot. Oscar’s double and Salah’s goal meant Chelsea recorded an emphatic victory against Arsene Wenger on his big day.

4- Chelsea recorded a memorable Champions League victory

Back in 2004, Arsenal was a great team. They were the only team in the Premier League who could look Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United straight in the eye and challenge them for the league title.

Therefore, when they drew 1-1 in the first leg of the 2004 Champions League quarterfinals against Chelsea, everyone regarded them as favorites to go ahead in the competition. The second leg was at Highbury and the Gunners had an away goal in their pockets.

With Jose Antonio Reyes opening the score, the script was looking rosy for the Gunners. However, Chelsea overturned the situation through Frank Lampard’s equalizer and Wayne Bridge’s stunning goal. Arsenal’s domestic success once again didn’t translate into European glory.

5- Arsenal-Chelsea: Mourinho and Wenger bust-up

Chelsea defeated Arsenal by two goals at Stamford Bridge in October 2014. But this match didn’t gain its notoriety due to Chelsea’s victory; rather it was the touchline bust-up between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger that grabbed the headlines.

Arsene Wenger got fired up after Gary Cahill made a nasty challenge on Alexis Sanchez. The two adversaries exchanged heated words before Wenger shoved Mourinho in the chest. The Frenchman later refused to apologize for his behavior.

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