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If you sign-up to a Ladbrokes Sportsbook account through Quidco before 2nd December you’ll not only earn yourself £25 cashback (T&Cs apply) you’ll also be thrown into the hat for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the January Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
To celebrate this mouth-watering giveaway Quidblog runs through five of the most action-packed Premier League clashes between the London rivals.
Arsenal 3-3 Chelsea
4 September 1996
In the weeks before Arsene Wenger took charge at Highbury, the Red and Blue sides of London clashed in a thrilling early-season encounter which, given all that has passed since, all too often slips under the radar of London derby connoisseurs. The continental swagger of Frenchman Franck LeBoeuf and Italian Gianluca Vialli helped Chelsea steal to a two-goal lead before Paul Merson reduced the deficit with a scrappy goal straight out of the George Graham era playbook.
Whatever caretaker boss Stewart Houston said at half-time it seemed to work as Martin Keown and Ian Wright scored to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game. The drama didn’t end there though as pintsize midfielder Dennis Wise tapped home deep into injury-time to snatch back a point for the boys from the Bridge. A bittersweet encounter for both teams.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal
21 September 1997
Ruud Gullit’s Blues set the pace in this seesaw encounter at Stamford Bridge when Gus Poyet struck early to give the home side the lead. A clinical brace by in-form Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp, the second a lovely snapshot from the edge of the area, put Arsene Wenger’s side on the front foot, although the visitors’ lead only lasted 60 seconds before Italian Gianfranco Zola equalised from a Mark Hughes cross at point-blank range before the break.
The second half was a tight, tense and feisty affair (all the more so after Franck LeBoeuf’s sending off), but just as it looked as though the spoils would be shared, long-standing left-back Nigel Winterburn crashed home an unstoppable swerving 30-yarder to give the Gunners a vital 3-2 win in the last minute.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal
23 October 1999
Comebacks don’t come much more dramatic than this 3-2 win for the Gunners. Outplayed for most of the match by Chelsea’s stylish attacking play Arsene Wenger’s side looked dead and buried when headed goals by Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu put their hosts into a seemingly unassailable lead. Having not conceded a home goal since the previous spring, the odds were heavily stacked against the Gunners but that didn’t stop Kanu from seizing the game by the scruff of the neck.
With 15 minutes remaining the lanky striker reduced the deficit with a toe-poked effort past Ed de Gooey to give the North London side hope. Then, as conditions worsened, he slammed home a venomous shot at the Dutch keeper’s near post to make it 2-2. A late header nearly saw Chelsea reclaim the three points before the 90-minute mark, but as the game crept into injury-time it was Arsenal’s Nigerian who pulled a rabbit out of the hat by scoring from the touchline with an outrageous effort to cap a memorable hat-trick. “Can you believe it?” yelled commentator Martin Tyler. Nobody could.
Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal
6 September 2000
Another ding-dong affair in SW6 and, amazingly, more heartbreak for the home side despite the Blues again holding all the momentum. On the half hour mark Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink rammed home a trademark belter past David Seaman to cap a dominant first half display before setting up Gianfranco Zola who bounced home a tasty effort to double the lead.
Perhaps the collapse of the previous year played on the mind of the home side as again the Gunners left it late but still fought back. Thierry Henry cut the deficit with a clinical finish past Carlo Cudicini with 14 minutes remaining before Brazilian left-back Silvinho, emulating his predecessor Nigel Winterburn, hammered home an outrageous shot into the top corner to level the game. “Well that is absolutely astonishing,” screamed Tyler, before co-commentator Andy Gray added, “This is ridiculous.” They both hit the nail on the head.
Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal
29 October 2011
After the drama of clashes in the late nineties and early noughties, Premier League showdowns between Arsenal and Chelsea increasingly became a tale of two strikers. For years Thierry Henry was the scourge of the Blues, but following his departure in 2006 it was Didier Drogba who became the recurrent match winner in a fixture which saved its drama for the domestic cups.
With Drogba out of the side last September the two sides played out another classic. Headers by Frank Lampard and John Terry, sandwiched by a tap-in by Robin van Persie, put Chelsea 2-1 up at the break. Thee Gunners though were not to be denied a famous victory and surged back in the second half with Andre Santos and Theo Walcott quickly firing them in front. A masterful effort from Spaniard Juan Mata levelled the game at 3-3 but as both sides looked ready to settle for a point Terry’s ill-timed slip afforded Van Persie a free run at goal. The Dutchman’s calm finish past Cech had the away fans in raptures before he added a tasty gloss with a fearsome fifth in injury-time.