Arsenal and Chelsea are two of the biggest English Clubs to come from London.There is much dislike between the both sets of fans and it can be seen whenever they play each-other.Encounters between these two have produced many memorable matches and today let us have a look at some of the best Arsenal vs Chelsea matches.
Here are the top 10 best Arsenal vs Chelsea matches
10.Arsenal 5-2 Chelsea 1979
In April 1979,struggling Chelsea visited Highbury looking for a victory that would keep their hopes alive of avoiding the relegation.
After a terrible first half Chelsea found themselves two-goals down courtesy of goals from David O’Leary and Frank Stapleton.Chelsea’s Clive Walker halved the deficit halfway through the second half, but as the visitors chased the game, Arsenal sealed their fate when Alan Sunderland’s 80th-minute strike opened the floodgates. David Price netted a fourth before Stapleton completed his brace with five minutes left to make it 5-1.
Chelsea’s Tommy Langley scored a late goal to make it 5-2,however it was just a consolation as Chelsea were relegated at the end of the season.
9.Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal 1998
Chelsea had sacked manager Ruud Gullit just days earlier and went into this League Cup semi-final second leg 2-1 down from the first leg at Highbury.
However ,Chelsea’s new player-manager Gianluca Vialli savoured the sweet taste of victory in his first match with the Blues beating Arsenal 3-1 to win their semi-final 4-3 on aggregate.
Mark Hughes’s twist-and-shoot opener got the Blues off to the perfect start, which got even better shortly after half-time when Patrick Vieira earned a second booking for needlessly hauling down Graeme Le Saux. It got worse for Arsenal. Just three minutes later a stunning long-range strike from Roberto Di Matteo put Chelsea in control, before Dan Petrescu wrapped things up with a smoothly taken goal.
Michael Duberry, who had a superb game overall, handled the ball late on and Dennis Bergkamp slid home from the penalty spot to set up a grandstand finish.
But Arsenal, without the injured Ian Wright and several other key players, were unable to puncture the Chelsea defence and ultimately missed out on being the first team to claim England’s domestic treble after going on to win the Premier League and FA Cup.
8.Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea 2002
Arsenal produced two moments of stunning quality to lift the FA Cup against Chelsea in Cardiff.
Ray Parlour struck a brilliant opener after 69 minutes and in-form Ljungberg unleashed an even better strike nine minutes later to clinch Arsenal’s victory with a flourish.
The win allowed Arsene Wenger’s men to ease the disappointment of last year’s FA Cup final defeat against Liverpool.
It also puts Arsenal on the brink of total domestic domination as they stand just one point away from the Premiership title and a repeat of their 1998 Double.
A few days later, Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford to secure the Premier League title and a famous Double.