Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry

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London derby
Arsenal F.C. vs. Chelsea F.C.
Arsenal vs Chelsea.jpg
Arsenal and Chelsea players prepare for a corner kick during a Premier League match on 10 May 2009.
City or region London
Teams involved Arsenal,
First contested Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal
1907–08 Football League
(9 November 1907)
Number of meetings 185
Most wins Arsenal (71)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (13)
Most recent meeting Chelsea 6–0 Arsenal
2013–14 Premier League
(22 March 2014)
Next meeting 5 October 2014, Kickoff 14:05
All-time series Arsenal: 71
Drawn: 55
Chelsea: 59
Largest victory Chelsea 6–0 Arsenal
2013–14 Premier League
(22 March 2014)

The rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is the football local derby in London between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal play their home games at the Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea play their home games at Stamford Bridge.


While they never considered each other primary rivals, as the two top clubs in London there has always been strong needle between the fans dating back to the 1930s. Matches between them would often attract large attendances.

The Arsenal and Chelsea rivalry has been more recently considered an important derby, after Chelsea's rise to the top class of the Premier League in 2000s, when the two started to compete constantly for the English Championship.

According to an internet survey of fans in December 2003, the Arsenal fans who responded to the survey said that they considered Chelsea as their third rival, after Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.[1]

Those Chelsea fans who responded to the survey said that they considered Arsenal as their main rival, however Tottenham and QPR are their more traditional rivals.[1]

In a 2009 survey by the Football Fans Census, Arsenal fans named Chelsea as the club they disliked the most, ahead of their traditional rivals Tottenham. Chelsea fans named Arsenal as their second most-disliked club, behind Liverpool.[2]


The first league meeting between the two teams took place on 9 November 1907 at Stamford Bridge. This was the first Football League First Division game played between two London clubs and drew a then First Division record crowd of 65,000. A match between the clubs at Stamford Bridge in 1935 drew a crowd of 82,905, the second highest recorded attendance for an English league match. They met in two close contested FA Cup semi-finals in the 1950s, with Arsenal winning both times. In the 1960s Chelsea dominated the tie with 14 wins, two draws and just 2 losses during the decade.[3]

More recently the clubs have contested two major finals, the 2002 FA Cup Final, which Arsenal won 2–0, and the 2007 Football League Cup Final, which Chelsea won 2–1. The two teams have also met in the UEFA Champions League in the quarter-finals in 2003–04 drawing 1–1 at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea winning 2–1 at Highbury to go through to the semi-finals.

In 2006 the transfer of Ashley Cole from Arsenal to Chelsea further stoked the rivalry, as Cole had been caught meeting Chelsea officials months before.[4]

The 2007 League Cup final was one of the most noted incidents. The game was marred by a fracas involving Frank Lampard, Cesc Fàbregas and others that resulted in yellow cards for the two and three other players sent off, the supposed wrongful dismissal of Emmanuel Adebayor and incidents of Chelsea fans throwing celery at Arsenal players. This led the media to dub it the "Snarling Cup final".

On 27 December 2010, Chelsea came into the Emirates having beaten Arsenal 5 times in a row by a goal differencial of 13–2. Arsenal were victorious upon the final whistle however by a score of 3–1.

On 29 October 2011, another thrilling and fantastic game was played at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal won 5–3 with Robin Van Persie scoring a hat-trick and André Santos and Theo Walcott scoring one goal each. Frank Lampard, John Terry and Juan Mata scored the goals for Chelsea[5]

Overall, Arsenal have won the more games in history, having won 70 times to Chelsea's 54, with 52 draws (as of 21 April 2012).[6] Arsenal's record win was a 5–1 victory in a First Division match at Stamford Bridge on 29 November 1930. Chelsea's record win was a 6–0 victory at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on 22 March 2014. This was the most recent derby between the 2 teams. Chelsea also had scored 5 goals against Arsenal at Highbury on 11 November 1998. On 29 September 2012, where Chelsea became the first team to beat Arsenal three times at the Emirates Stadium with a 2–1 away victory. This followed a 4–1 win in 2009 and a 3–0 scoreline later that year.

Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba holds the mark for the most derby goals with 13.

Players who have played for or managed both teams[edit]


These are the major football honours of Arsenal and Chelsea.

International Competition Arsenal Chelsea
UEFA Champions League 1
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup / UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 1 1
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 2
UEFA Super Cup 1
National Competition Arsenal Chelsea
First Division / Premier League 13 4
FA Cup 11 7
Football League Cup 2 4
FA Community Shield 13 4
Full Members Cup 2
Total 41 26


Club P W D L
Arsenal 154 61 46 47
Chelsea 154 47 46 61
FA Cup
Arsenal 22 8 8 6
Chelsea 22 6 8 8
Football League Cup
Arsenal 6 2 0 4
Chelsea 6 4 0 2
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal 2 0 1 1
Chelsea 2 1 1 0
FA Community Shield
Arsenal 1 0 0 1
Chelsea 1 1 0 0
Arsenal 185 71 55 59
Chelsea 185 59 55 71

Biggest attendances[edit]

Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal: 88,103 (04/18/2009), Wembley (neutral)[7]

Chelsea 1–1 Arsenal: 82,905 (12/10/1935), Stamford Bridge (Chelsea home)[8]

Arsenal 2–0 Chelsea: 73,963 (05/04/2002), Millenium (neutral)[7]

Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea: 68,084 (04/05/1952), White Hart Lane (Tottenham home)[7]

Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea: 62,642 (03/20/1973), Highbury (Arsenal home)[7]

Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea: 60,139 (12/16/2007), Emirates (Arsenal home)[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rivalry Uncovered!" (PDF). The Football Fans Census. December 2003. p. 3. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  2. ^ London Football Report. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  3. ^ DERBY DEBATE – PAST AND PRESENT. (29 November 2008). Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  4. ^ "The Ashley Cole transfer saga". The Times (London). 8 September 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea 3–5 Arsenal". BBC. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Arsenal vs. Chelsea. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  7. ^ a b c d e stamford-bridge website
  8. ^ Chelsea's website

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