Arsenal v Chelsea. The history and the team

By Bulldog Drummond

In my earlier piece I looked at a run from 1960 to 1970, in which Arsenal’s form was truly awful.   We might now contrast this with the spell from December 1995 to March 2004.    That was a spell of 26 games in which we lost just two.

Date Game Res Score Competition
16 Dec 1995 Arsenal v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
4 Sep 1996 Arsenal v Chelsea D 3-3 Premier League
5 Apr 1997 Chelsea v Arsenal W 0-3 Premier League
21 Sep 1997 Chelsea v Arsenal W 2-3 Premier League
28 Jan 1998 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 League Cup
8 Feb 1998 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0 Premier League
18 Feb 1998 Chelsea v Arsenal L 3-1 League Cup
9 Sep 1998 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
11 Nov 1998 Arsenal v Chelsea L 0-5 League Cup
31 Jan 1999 Arsenal v Chelsea W 1-0 Premier League
23 Oct 1999 Chelsea v Arsenal W 2-3 Premier League
6 May 2000 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League
6 Sep 2000 Chelsea v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
13 Jan 2001 Arsenal v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
18 Feb 2001 Arsenal v Chelsea W 3-1 FA Cup
8 Sep 2001 Chelsea v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
26 Dec 2001 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League
4 May 2002 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0 FA Cup
1 Sep 2002 Chelsea v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
1 Jan 2003 Arsenal v Chelsea W 3-2 Premier League
8 Mar 2003 Arsenal v Chelsea D 2-2 FA Cup
25 Mar 2003 Chelsea v Arsenal W 1-3 FA Cup
18 Oct 2003 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League
15 Feb 2004 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 FA Cup
21 Feb 2004 Chelsea v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
24 Mar 2004 Chelsea v Arsenal D 1-1 UEFA Champions League

That also included 17 in a row without defeat.

Now to look at the most recent games starting with the last FA Cup match (the 2017 final) between the two what we find is…

Date Game Res Score Competition
27 May 2017 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 FA Cup Final
6 Aug 2017 Arsenal v Chelsea W 1-1 FA Community Shield
17 Sep 2017 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
3 Jan 2018 Arsenal v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
10 Jan 2018 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 League Cup
24 Jan 2018 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 League Cup
18 Aug 2018 Chelsea v Arsenal L 3-2 Premier League
19 Jan 2019 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0 Premier League
29 May 2019 Chelsea v Arsenal L 4-1 Europa League Final
29 Dec 2019 Arsenal v Chelsea L 1-2 Premier League
21 Jan 2020 Chelsea v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League

That is 11 games starting with the 2017 final and we have won four.  There have been four draws and Chelsea have won just three.  So not quite such a dominant force against us.  Mind you they did beat us 4-1 in the last cup final we played against them, so a revenge is due for that.

There is also the issue of Chelsea’s owner who most certainly seems to have become an absentee landlord since the government refused to give him a visa to allow him to work in the UK.  Work on the Chelsea stadium has been stopped – seemingly abandoned, the owner has not made an appearance at the ground, and indeed according to the Chelsea manager, a Mr F Lampard, the owner has not been in touch with the club to wish the players good luck.

Mark Lawrenson for the BBC doesn’t give us a team prediction (the Corporation never does) but does say, “I am expecting a good game, though, and it is Arsenal who I think will edge it. That’s not to say Chelsea are not dangerous too. I just feel like Arsenal have got more momentum and confidence at the moment, but otherwise it is difficult to split the two sides.    Prediction: 1-0.”

So what about the teams?

The Evening Standard goes with


Holding, Luiz, Tierney;

Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles;

Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

The Mail has now admitted in a new article that Tierney can play central defence, so dropping the “forced to play” approach of the earlier piece, turns its attention to saying this could be the last Arsenal game for Aubameyang.  Attack, attack, attack, attack attack (that’s the Mail attacking Arsenal, not a prediction for Arsenal’s performance).

The Guardian also doesn’t seem to want to forecast a team.  What has got into these people?

The Express goes with exactly the same team as the Standard.  But the Sun does manage to give us an alternative by slipping Saka into the team.


Holding, Luiz, Tierney;

Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka

Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

The Metro has no team prediction – it really is all rather strange.   So instead of that here is the road to the final.

Date Game Res Score Round
6 Jan 2020 Arsenal v Leeds United W 1-0 FA Cup 3
27 Jan 2020 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal W 1-2 FA Cup 4
2 Mar 2020 Portsmouth v Arsenal W 0-2 FA Cup 5
28 Jun 2020 Sheffield United v Arsenal W 1-2 FA Cup 6
18 Jul 2020 Arsenal v Manchester City W 2-0 FA Cup S-F
1 Aug 2020 Arsenal v Chelsea FA Cup Final

The next season starts on 12 September, which raises the question, what happens in the next 43 days (apart from another 100 mindless transfer rumours)?  Do the players go on holiday?  Do they have a mini-break and then return for training?  Are there any pre-season friendlies?  I think we should be told!

Try and have some fun this afternoon.  I find turning the commentary off helps.   Anyone got a spare ticket?




30 Replies to “Arsenal v Chelsea. The history and the team”

  1. It is not who plays but how the team plays. Arsenal are back in their home of success.

    This is our FA cup its another historic marker despite the strange displacement of historic tradition by the corrupt PGMOL, the officiating lapdogs of the geriatric FA.

    Come On you Super Gunners

  2. Get in there Lewis!! Lewis Hamilton the gooner in pole at Silverstone. His 91st pole!! What an amazing driver. Super Happy now for the FA cup to make it a perfect day.

  3. A win-win for us today.

    Of course, I want a victory for the club, today. And, I think Sr. Arteta has picked a solid side.

    But, if we don’t, notwithstanding the downer of losing (and lost revenue blah, blah, blah), the upside will be the additional time for the gaffer to train the team to play the way he wants without the distraction of endless meaningless matches the length and breadth of Europe.

    So, Up the Guns!

  4. that one was on the midfield. One pass to bypass our defensive midfielders and then they didn’t track the forwards.

  5. Similar foul to Aspilequeta’s was by Luiz but Luiz got a red card. The red is given by nature with a hamstring pull.

    An earlier barge in midfiled where Chelsea won the ball was called shoulder to shoulder by Taylor. Hope he remembers when similar happens the other way.

  6. The ‘offside’ given when Pepe scored should have been shown with VAR checking because the player had come back before the ball was passed.

    The Chelsea goal was scored because the Arsenal players stood off Chelsea in case of a dive to give Taylor the op of penalty.

  7. We’ve strung together some nice moves. The goal that was disallowed for offside was one of them.

  8. Some absolute bollocks being given by the commentators as to why the card was yellow not red. Apparently it was in the box so it is yellow – that is unless it is Arsenal when David Luiz got his red card inside the box.

  9. the commentators in Germany bitching that it ought to have been a foul on Bellerin… !!!!! like the advantage rule does not exist and the goal is illegitimate ! Stupid idiots.

    On the other hand they have been raving about the 2 german recruits so no need to wonder whom they prefer…

  10. Sweet Jesus….73 minutes, 4 yellows among which a yellow red against Chelsea….none against Arsenal….. is this the Twilight Zone ?!?!
    We need Nr 3

  11. Frank the plank goes away empty handed his team battered and bruised. Revenge for the Europa loss and now we are back in the shit show Europa Cup

  12. The commentators are all becoming VAR experts as they always were.

    Chelsea must be coaching wrongly for all these injuries!! (eat your words you dickheads).

    The game is not over yet because Rileys boys are still in control.

  13. After we scored our second, I couldn’t see Chelsea scoring except from a set play…even before they went down to 10 and then 9 men. They were unable to work out how to penetrate our defense. Strange because they opened us up pretty easily for their goal.

  14. WOO HOO , HOO ! Well done guys . And congrats on our 14th win.
    While their red may have bern harsh , yet they did get away with much too.
    Just glad that MA has won something in his first season. Hope that we continue to play
    well in all empty stadiums !

  15. WOW! What a great win. Well done boys! Well done Arteta. Beating Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea in some 14 days. That is the top 3 from the PL! Let Arteta do his work next season for a whole season. Happy FA cup day! Number 14! Arsenal are THE FA CUP TEAM!

  16. The second yellow was unfair but so was the disallowed goal against Palace. The truth is the officiating is poor. A select bunch of blind idiots called pigmob.

    Taylor is now due for a visit to Siberia. The injuries were all down to poor diets and insufficient muscle management. There were no nasty tackles by Arsenal.

    Arteta is magic and his team love him as much as we do.

  17. @Menace,

    Not sure I agree with you on the second yellow. I saw him coming in sliding, the ball was gone when he hit, it was dangerous. Or I should say it looked dangerous to me. nd you can find moes like this which cost Arsenal players a card this season

    Not sure the offside goal was offside….and pigmob are incompetent anyway.

    2 fouls one yellow for Arsenal
    14 fouls and 6 yellows for Chelsea (one of them a yellow/red)

    With numbers like that many PL games would have ended with less than 20 players on the field…. justincredible who from game to game the refereeing is so different.

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