A rivalry that has been hotly contested for over a century, Arsenal and Chelsea face off yet again in what promises to be exciting FA Cup final on Saturday night.
Heading into the game, here are four classic clashes between the London giants.
1. Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 2014)
The most recent, and possibly most infamous of the entries here.
Goals from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard, Mo Salah, and a brace from Oscar, ensured the Gunners suffered a humiliating defeat that has lived long in the memory, and will for years to come.
Surprisingly, the final score was not the only major talking point here. A touchline spat between managers Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, and a case of mistaken identity as Kieran Gibbs was sent off by referee Andre Marriner for a handball by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were just some of the flashpoints in a highly entertaining game.
Oh, and did we mention that this was Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal?
A momentous occasion indeed.
2. Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal (October 2011)
Goal-fests have often been the order of the day when these two teams clash, and none more so than this encounter early in 2015/16.
It was the Gunners who came out on top on this occasion, with a hat-trick from the flying Dutchman Robin van Persie firing the North London team to victory.
Indeed, a 2-1 deficit was overturned with additional goals from Andre Santos and Theo Walcott. Frank Lampard, John Terry and Juan Mata were Chelsea’s goalscorers in a losing effort.
3. Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea (May 2009)
Following bitterly disappointing midweek losses in the Champions League semi-finals for both teams, the resumption of league play could not come soon enough, and this showed in a hugely entertaining clash at the Emirates.
Goals from Alex, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and an own goal from Kolo Toure helped the Blues secure third place in the league. whilst the Gunners were forced to wallow over yet another fourth placed finish.
4. Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal (October 1999)
The final entry on our list harkens all the way back to the turn of the millennium – Arsene Wenger had only been at the helm for three seasons, and the Gunners’ rivalry with Manchester United was as heated as ever.
Indeed, the Gunners were hot on the tails of the Red Devils as they faced off against their London rivals.
Chelsea pulled into an early 2-0 lead, before Kanu lit the game up with a sublime hat-trick. With fifteen minutes to go and the Blues looking comfortable, the Nigerian made the game interesting by poking past the onrushing Ed de Goey.
Eight minutes later it was 2-2 after he again beat de Goey, this time with a drilled effort. Finally, he completed the most unlikely of comebacks with a superb curled effort from an almost impossible angle that sent the Highbury crowd into raptures.