Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry

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London derby
Arsenal vs Chelsea.jpg
Arsenal and Chelsea players prepare for a corner kick during a Premier League match on 10 May 2009.
Other names Arsenal F.C. vs. Chelsea F.C.
Locale London
Teams Arsenal,
First meeting Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal
1907–08 Football League
(9 November 1907)
Latest meeting Arsenal 0–0 Chelsea
2014–15 Premier League
(26 April 2015) [1]
Next meeting 2 August 2015
2015 FA Community Shield
Meetings total 187
Most wins Arsenal (71)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (13)
All-time series Arsenal: 71
Drawn: 56
Chelsea: 60
Largest victory Chelsea 6–0 Arsenal
2013–14 Premier League
(22 March 2014)[2]

The rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is a 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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4] A 2014 Bleacher Report article ranks Arsenal as Chelsea's second most hated rival.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]

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[8]

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).[9] 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. 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 with a 2–1 away victory. This followed a 4–1 win in 2009 and a 3–0 scoreline later that year.

On 22 March 2014, on Arsène Wenger's 1000th game in charge, Chelsea won 6–0. This marked the most goals Chelsea had scored against Arsenal, Chelsea's biggest margin of victory against Arsenal and the joint heaviest margin of defeat suffered by Arsène Wenger at Arsenal.[10]

On 5 October 2014 Chelsea beat Arsenal 2–0, which meant Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has not won against José Mourinho in 12 attempts.[11]

The next game between them was a goalless draw at the Emirates which extended Arsène Wenger's win drought against José Mourinho to 13 games and also ended Arsenal's eight league game winning run.

Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba holds the mark for the most derby goals with 15.

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


International Competition Arsenal Chelsea
UEFA Champions League 0 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 15
FA Cup 12 7
Football League Cup 2 9
FA Community Shield 13 11
Total 42 52


Club P W D L
Arsenal 155 61 47 47
Chelsea 155 47 47 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 186 71 56 59
Chelsea 186 59 56 71

Biggest attendances[edit]

Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal: 88,103 (04/18/2009), Wembley (neutral)[12]

Chelsea 1–1 Arsenal: 82,905 (12/10/1935), Stamford Bridge (Chelsea home)[13]

Arsenal 2–0 Chelsea: 73,963 (05/04/2002), Millenium (neutral)[12]

Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea: 68,084 (04/05/1952), White Hart Lane (Tottenham home)[12]

Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea: 62,642 (03/20/1973), Highbury (Arsenal home)[12]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 26 April 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea 6–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Rivalry Uncovered!" (PDF). The Football Fans Census. December 2003. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  4. ^ London Football Report. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  5. ^ "Chelsea FC: Ranking the Blues' 5 Most Hated Rivals". Bleacher Report. 
  6. ^ DERBY DEBATE – PAST AND PRESENT. (29 November 2008). Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  7. ^ "The Ashley Cole transfer saga". The Times (London). 8 September 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Chelsea 3–5 Arsenal". BBC. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Arsenal vs. Chelsea. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
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  12. ^ a b c d e stamford-bridge website
  13. ^ Chelsea's website

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