London’s two biggest teams meet on Saturday as Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates for a much anticipated derby game.
The match will be the 188th contest in all competitions between the red and blue halves of London with Arsenal winning 72 times to Chelsea’s 61 and 54 draws. The Blues have been more successful in recent times as Chelsea have won seven of the previous ten contests.
We take a look back at the teams most recent league matches, kicking off with one Arsenal fans would love to forget.
March 2014 – Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s 1,00th match in charge of Arsenal was an occasion to forget as his side were destroyed by their rivals. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea beat Wenger in his 500th game in charge of Arsenal in 2005 and the Portuguese’s team ruined the Frenchman’s occasion once again.
The Gunners were two behind after seven minutes before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain conceded a penalty for handball. Confusion ensued as referee Andre Marriner incorrectly sent off Kieran Gibbs for the offence. Chelsea added a further three goals, with Oscar bagging a brace, to record the joint-heaviest margin of defeat suffered by Wenger alongside the 8-2 loss against Manchester United.
October 2014 – Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Wenger’s winless streak against his Portuguese enemy Jose Mourinho was extended to 12 games after this Premier League loss. The eternal enemies came face to face in the first-half and had to be separated by the fourth official as things turned physical when Wenger shoved Mourinho after a heavy challenge from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez.
An Eden Hazard penalty and a goal from new-boy Diego Costa eased Chelsea ahead in a match that would send them five points clear at the summit of the league. Seven yellow cards were handed out in the game which was Costa’s first taste of the derby after his summer move from Atletico Madrid and he would prove to be influential in later contests.
April 2015 – Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea
Chelsea halted Arsenal’s eight match winning streak and went ten points clear at the top of the Premier League after this stalemate. A steely defensive effort was enough to mark Chelsea’s fifth clean sheet in a row in games versus Arsenal in all competitions.
The Gunners fired blanks in contests with Chelsea in the 2014-15 season as they only managed one shot on target across the two Premier League games. The lack of goals did not mean a lack of passion as seven yellow cards were handed out by referee Michael Oliver.
September 2015 – Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Chelsea returned to winning ways in this heated clash at Stamford Bridge. The match at times resembled a war as six yellows and two reds were handed out. Kurt Zouma headed Chelsea ahead in the second half before Eden Hazard secured the points late on, but the goals were a sideshow.
Summer signing Gabriel was introduced to the antics of Costa as he kicked out at the Premier League’s tormentor-in-Chief after the striker hit Laurent Koscielny multiple times without consequence. The Gunners were left outmatched and undermanned as Santi Cazorla picked up a second yellow late on.
Wenger was disappointed that Costa’s behaviour only warranting a yellow card but, predictably, Mourinho differed in opinion lauding Costa as the man of the match.
January 2016 – Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea’s winning ways continued as they visited the Emirates in early 2016. One key ingredient was missing from the match: Jose Mourinho. He had had been dismissed from his post in December, having been replaced by the more relaxed Guus Hiddink.
Taking centre stage in the Portuguese’s absence, menacing marksman Diego Costa was on target yet again in this fixture after he opened the scoring five minutes after coaxing Per Mertesacker into a red card challenge. The tall German was given his marching orders after hauling down Costa as the striker raced through on goal.