Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry - Wikipedia
Background[ edit ] While they never considered each other primary rivals, as two of the biggest and most successful clubs in London there has always been strong needle between the fans dating back to the s. 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 s, when the two started to compete constantly for the Premier League title.
According to an internet survey of fans in Decemberthe Arsenal fans who responded to the survey said that they considered Chelsea as their third rival, after Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea fans named Arsenal as their second most-disliked club, behind Liverpool. This was the first Football League First Division game played between two London clubs and drew a crowd of 65, They met in two close contested FA Cup semi-finals in the s, with Arsenal winning both times.
In the s Chelsea dominated the tie with 14 wins, two draws and just two losses during the decade. The two teams have also met in the UEFA Champions League in the quarter-finals in —04drawing 1—1 at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea winning 2—1 at Highbury to go through to the semi-finals.
Inthe transfer of Ashley Cole from Arsenal to Chelsea further stoked the rivalry, as Cole had been caught meeting Chelsea officials months before. On 27 DecemberChelsea came into the Emirates having beaten Arsenal five times in a row by a goal differential of 13—2.
Arsenal, however, were victorious, 3—1. 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. Arsenal finished with two victories and as league leaders as they ran out 1—0 winners after a scrappy Giroud goal, reflecting the scrappy nature of the match.
On the injury front, Arsenal lost Theo Walcott for the remainder of the season, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Goals from Jack Wilshere and then Olivier Giroud inside 59 seconds meant Arsenal were ahead at half-time. Despite a 76th-minute goal from Christian Benteke of Aston VillaArsenal held on to their lead to win the game 2—1.
The Gunners then extended their winning streak to 5 games in the Premier League as a brace from Cazorla 57th and 62nd minute ensured Arsenal secured a 2—0 victory over London rivals Fulham before a day hiatus from the competition. Goals from Lukas Podolski two before the interval and late strikes from substitute Giroud and Cazorla ensured the Gunners secured their 7th win in 7 games in all competitions and a match against Premier League rivals Liverpool in the next round.
In news concerning the youth players at Arsenal, the club announced the permanent departures of Anthony JeffreyNico Yennaris and Emmanuel Frimpong to Wycombe WanderersBrentford and Barnsley respectively, the latter two of whom had made appearances in the first team. It was also announced that youngsters Chuba Akpom  and Daniel Boateng  had joined Brentford and Hibernian respectively to gain further first team experiences away from the club.
Following the 11pm deadline, the loan departure of Park Chu-young was announced by club, with the first-team South Korean striker joining Championship side Watford to gain more playing time away from the club. The goals came from a brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on his first start since the opening day of the season as Arsenal regained their two-point lead from two matches ago.
The next match was Liverpool away, which resulted in a humiliating 5—1 defeat at Anfieldwith a Mikel Arteta goal from the penalty spot giving the Gunners any consolation from the match.
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The tough run of fixtures now continue for the Gunners with reigning European champions Bayern Munich visiting the Emirates for their last 16 clash in the Champions League. Toni Kroos was able to break the deadlock in the 53rd minute, netting in the top right corner. The game had ended to Bayern, with Arsenal now requiring 3 goals at the Allianz Arena in order to progress into the quarter finals.
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Olivier Giroud struck early to give the home side the lead, and then slotting again in less than thirty minutes, with Arsenal leading at the half hour mark. The Gunners sealed the game at half time, but were able to score a fourth with defender Laurent Koscielny with a header, following an assist from Santi Cazorla following a corner. Emanuele Giaccherini scored a mere consolation goal for The Black Cats, with a shot into the bottom left corner.
March[ edit ] Arsenal players before their match against Swansea City on 25 March. Prior to that game, Arsenal had a record of 6 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw against the Welsh club. Arsenal played Stoke which started at a 3pm kick off to begin the new month. Arsenal travelled away for this fixture, and were left disappointed as they lost Stoke had pleaded for a controversial penalty in the 76th minute, with the reasoning being a handball from Laurent Koscielny.
The penalty was granted was converted by Jonathan Walters into the bottom right corner.
In his post match press conference, Wenger described Arsenal as "too selfish" and the Arsenal boss has only seen them win one of their last four Premier League games.
The defeat saw Arsenal drop to third, as fellow title contenders Liverpool and Chelsea won their games. Chelsea hold a four-point gap at the summit of the Premier League, whilst Liverpool are above Arsenal on goal difference.
The last time the teams met, a draw was played, and both teams had also strengthened their squads in the January transfer window. On loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku tapped in from near the goalline in the 32nd minute to bring the scores back at level pegging. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the 68th minute following Gareth Barry's challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and the penalty was converted by Mikel Arteta to make Arsenal lead Arsenal progressed through to the semi finals of the FA Cup where they were pitted against holders Wiganand sought an 11th triumph in football's oldest competition, which would end a trophy drought stretching back to Arsenal were already down from the previous clash between the sides earlier in the year, and in order to progress in the competition they required 3 goals to advance into the quarter finals.
Bayern did not keep the lead for long as former Bayern striker Lukas Podolski slotted over Manuel Neuer to level the scores Arsenal needed two more goals but were not able to pursue their lead and the game finished on aggregate and Arsenal were knocked out of the competition. Arsenal had won the fixture back in Septemberthanks to a strike from Olivier Giroud.
Both teams were looking for a win: Arsenal to stay in the title race whilst Spurs needed the win in order close the gap and qualify for the Champions League. Laurent Koscielny was able to save a Nacer Chadli shot off the line and Arsenal defended well to get the victory at White Hart Lane, a first for Arsenal since November After the match Arsenal sat behind Chelsea and Liverpool by four points and goal difference respectively, before facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 22 March.
A handball from Oxlade-Chamberlain resulted in a Chelsea penalty, which was converted by Eden Hazard to make it inside the first twenty minutes. Although Oxlade-Chamberlain committed the offence to award the penalty, defender Gibbs was shown the red card much to the confusion of his Arsenal teammates. Oxlade-Chamberlain even said admitted to the offence, but Gibbs was sent off anyway.
Oscar was able to add a fourth before half time and he added another goal in the 66th minute before new Chelsea signing Mohamed Salah scored his first Chelsea goal to end the match Arsenal are now sitting in fourth place, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, and face Swansea on 25 Marchlooking for a win to keep their title hopes alive.
Arsenal started the match conceding a goal after a Wilfried Bony header.
Arsenal F.C.–Chelsea F.C. rivalry
After the first half, Wenger replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain with Lukas Podolski, and Podolski found the back of the net in the 73rd minute, levelling the scores.
Olivier Giroud was able to score Arsenals second goal of the night in under 70 seconds after the levelling goal from Podolski, giving Arsenal the lead. It looked like Arsenal were going to secure a win three points when Swansea player Leon Britton surged into the box and shot. After league leaders Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace earlier the same day, a win for Arsenal would help them gain points on the teams ahead in the table.
No side could get a winner, and the game ended The point meant Arsenal still have a slim chance to win the Premier League, sitting in fourth place, five points behind second placed Chelsea, four points adrift of Liverpool who can top the league if they beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on 30 March and three points behind Manchester City, who have played two fewer matches than their title rivals.
A win would allow Arsenal to close the gap on Everton, who were also challenging for the last Champions League spot, along with gaining points and keeping the pressure on fellow title rivals in Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
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Arsenal began the game poorly, and conceded to Steven Naismith in just under 15 minutes. Romelu Lukaku scored his 14th goal of the season when he slotted past after a fine sweeping move made by Everton, before Kevin Mirallas forced Mikel Arteta into his own net, effectively ending the game for Arsenal at The defeat means Arsenal have not won a league game since 16 March, along with not winning a single game against the current top-five, along with challenging for the league title a serious doubt.
The first half consisted of no action and Arsenal looked lacklustre through the first half. The German centre back brought Arsenal back into the game, scoring a header from an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross. Scores were level atas Arsenal nor Wigan were able to score during regular time, as extra time preceded.
With neither team able to break down the other throughout added time, the winner would have to be decided via penalty kicks. Giroud was able to score another, giving Arsenal a healthy advantage, before James McArthur scored another for Wigan. Cazorla was able to find the net, having slotted into the bottom left corner. Coming into the game, Arsenal had not won a league fixture since the thrashing at Chelsea on 22 March.
Arsenal started the game quite slow, and Giroud missed a clear chance inside 30 minutes, where Arsenal began to pick up the face. However, they were down after 40 minutes, with Matt Jarvis heading home for West Ham. Then, Cazorla picked up the ball following a poor clearance from Stewart Downingand his pass was expertly finished by Podolski, who levelled the scores with a shot on the turn two minutes later for the impressive FA Cup finalists. Arsenal headed into half time atand began the second half with the same pace shown late in the first half.
Vermaelen had delivered a long ball back into the box following a corner and with a touch of class from Olivier Giroud, he netted his 20th goal of the season. However, instead of sitting on the lead, Arsenal drove forward for more, and Podolski's fierce drive sealed the win as Arsenal moved up to fourth, and the Gunners will now travel away to Hull City who are also Arsenal's FA Cup final opponents for league action on 20 April.
The match was played in blustery conditions which caused an early hold-up in play as advertising hoardings were blown across the pitch, and against opponents committed to pressing high and hard, this match had the potential to be a tough one for the Gunners.
But the match went underway and Arsenal almost went down after Shane Long 's shot went high. Podolski turned in a loose ball after the break and Hull never threatened to peg back their FA Cup final opponents.
Arsenal managed to contain Hull throughout the game, and Aaron Ramsey displayed the attacking intelligence missed by the Gunners during his injury, as he had the most touchesmost shots fourand the joint-highest number of shots on target three of any Arsenal player in the match. Arsenal still remain a point above Everton, who are also chasing Champions League qualificationafter the Merseyside club beat Man Utd at Goodison Park.
Arsenal will now host Newcastle at the Emirates on 28 April. After beginning the match with a low-key start, the Gunners went ahead when Laurent Koscielny prodded home Santi Cazorla's free-kick. Cazorla's ball from deep was floated into a dangerous area over the Magpies' backline and Koscielny shrugged off Moussa Sissoko to meet it on the bounce and poke past Tim Krul.
The second goal arrived three minutes before the break when Giroud sprung the Newcastle offside trap to race on to a Mikel Arteta pass.ARSENAL POTENTIAL LINEUPS 2018/19 WITH TORREIRA, SOKRATIS, LENO, AUBAMEYANG, OZIL...
Lukas Podolski went close again when his side-footed shot fizzed past the upright before, at the other end, Paul Dummett 's effort flew horribly wide to sum up a miserable night for the Magpies.
With the win, Arsenal had a four-point gap over Everton in the race for 4th place with two games remaining.