Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry

London derby

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 3–0 Chelsea
Premier League
(24 September 2016)
Meetings total 188
Most wins Arsenal (73)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (13)
All-time series Arsenal: 73
Drawn: 54
Chelsea: 61
Largest victory Chelsea 6–0 Arsenal
(22 March 2014)[1]

The rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is a football local derby in London between the two clubs. 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 the 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.[2]

Those Chelsea fans who responded to the survey said that they considered Arsenal as their main rival, however Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers are their more traditional rivals.[2]

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


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 two losses during the decade.[5]

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.[6]

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 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". The match ended in a 2–1 victory for Chelsea.

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

On 29 October 2011, another thrilling 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.[7]

On 22 March 2014, in Arsène Wenger's 1,000th 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 Wenger at Arsenal.[8] Notable incidents in the match included Chelsea jumping out to a three-goal lead inside of 15 minutes, as well as the sending off of Kieran Gibbs by referee Andre Marriner for a handball committed by his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

On 5 October 2014, Chelsea beat Arsenal 2–0, which meant Arsenal manager Wenger had not won against José Mourinho in 12 attempts. This game also featured former Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas playing against his former club for Chelsea for the first time, recording an assist on Diego Costa's goal. The match, however, is most notable for a touchline fracas that occurred between the managers in the technical area during the fierce match.[9]

On 2 August 2015, Wenger finally recorded a win against Mourinho, defeating Chelsea 1–0 in the 2015 FA Community Shield.[10]

On 24 September 2016, Arsenal beat Chelsea 3–0 at the Emirates Stadium. It was the first time Arsenal scored against Chelsea since 2013, and Arsenal's first win since 2011 in the Premier League. All three goals were scored in the first half by Alexis Sánchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil.[11] It was Arsenal's biggest win over Chelsea since 1997.[12]

Overall, Arsenal have won the more games in history, having won 73 times to Chelsea's 61, with 54 draws (as of 24 September 2016).[13] 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 five 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. Didier Drogba holds the mark for the most derby goals with 13 in all competitions.[14]

Players who have played for or managed both teams

Top scorers in the Premier League

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 France Thierry Henry Arsenal 8
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba Chelsea 8
3 England Ian Wright Arsenal 7
4 Netherlands Robin van Persie Arsenal 5
5 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 4
England Theo Walcott Arsenal 4
7 England Dennis Wise Chelsea 3
Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Arsenal 3
Italy Gianfranco Zola Chelsea 3
England John Terry Chelsea 3
Spain Juan Mata Chelsea 3
England Frank Lampard Chelsea 3



International competitions 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 competitions Arsenal Chelsea
First Division / Premier League 13 5
FA Cup 12 7
League Cup 2 5
FA Community Shield 14 4
Total 43 26


Chelsea's traditional home kit
Arsenal's traditional home kit

As of 24 September 2016.[17]

Club P W D L GF GA
Arsenal 159 62 47 50 223 204
Chelsea 159 50 47 62 204 223
FA Cup
Arsenal 19 8 6 5 30 22
Chelsea 19 5 6 8 22 30
Arsenal 6 2 0 4 6 14
Chelsea 6 4 0 2 14 6
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal 2 0 1 1 2 3
Chelsea 2 1 1 0 3 2
FA Community Shield
Arsenal 2 1 0 1 2 2
Chelsea 2 1 0 1 2 2
Arsenal 188 73 54 61 263 245
Chelsea 188 61 54 73 245 263

Biggest attendances

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

2. Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea: 85,437 (08/02/2015), Wembley (neutral)

3. Chelsea 1–1 Arsenal: 82,905 (12/10/1935), Stamford Bridge (Chelsea home)[19]

4. Arsenal 2–0 Chelsea: 73,963 (05/04/2002), Millennium (neutral)[18]

5. Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea: 68,084 (04/05/1952), White Hart Lane (Tottenham home)[18]

6. Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea: 62,642 (03/20/1973), Highbury (Arsenal home)[18]

7. Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea: 60,139 (12/16/2007), Emirates (Arsenal home)[18]

8. Arsenal 3–0 Chelsea: 60,028 (9/24/2016), Emirates (Arsenal home)[20]

See also


  1. "Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 22 March 1927. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Rivalry Uncovered!" (PDF). The Football Fans Census. December 2003. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  3. London Football Report Archived 1 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  4. "Chelsea FC: Ranking the Blues' 5 Most Hated Rivals". Bleacher Report.
  5. DERBY DEBATE – PAST AND PRESENT. (29 November 2008). Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  6. "The Ashley Cole transfer saga". The Times. London. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  7. "Chelsea 3–5 Arsenal". BBC. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  10. Cryer, Andy (2 August 2015). "Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea". BBC. UK. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  11. "Vintage Arsenal a joy to watch; Conte's defensive crisis". 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  12. "Wenger hails Arsenal after win over Chelsea". Bangkok Post. Thailand. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  13. Arsenal vs. Chelsea. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  14. Fraser, Stuart (5 August 2013). "Serves you right for not signing me, Arsene! Drogba further torments Wenger by making it 15 goals in 15 games against the Gunners". Daily Mail. UK. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  15. "Honours – First Team". Arsenal F.C. official website. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  16. "Trophy Cabinet". Chelsea F.C. official website. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  17. "Head to head Arsenal vs. Chelsea". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  18. 1 2 3 4 5 stamford-bridge website
  19. Chelsea's website Archived 26 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. "Arsenal vs. Chelsea 1–0". 24 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.

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