Arsenal go into this weekends game against Chelsea with only 3 wins in their last 15 games against the Blues. They take on a Chelsea side who are two wins away from the title, while Arsenal will look to keep the title race alive with a win at the Emirates. If Arsenal are going to beat Jose Mourinho’s side they will need to play like they did in their three previous wins against Chelsea.
The Gunners most recent win against Chelsea was in 2011 in which was an incredible game of football. In a game that was full of goals, Chelsea took the lead with Frank Lampard giving them an early lead with a clever header into the bottom corner. Against the run of play, Arsenal found themselves level after Gervinho broke the offside track and unselfishly squared the ball to Van Persie for an easy tap in. However on the stroke off half-time Chelsea were able to go back in front with John Terry getting on the end of a Mata corner to put his side ahead at the break. The second half was one of the most entertaining 45 minutes of Premier League football you will ever see. It started with Andre Santos equalising for the Gunners with a low finish past Petr Cech before Theo Walcott put Arsene Wenger’s side in front beating Cech at his near post with a powerful drive. Arsenal hung onto their lead until 10 minutes from time when Juan Mata tied the game at 3-3 with a stunning shot from distance past the helpless Szczesny. Just as we thought there were no more goals in the game, Van Persie took advantage of John Terry’s slip and was able to go around Petr Cech to give his side a 4-3 lead. As we made our way into injury time and with Chelsea pushing for an equaliser they left some gaps in defence and Van Persie was able to complete his hat-trick smashing the ball past Cech to secure a 5-3 win for the Gunners.
Another R.V.P goal the boys a machine! 5-3 to the Arsenal! What a game, didn't see Chelsea conceding 5 at home! #ChelseavsArsenal
— Scott Hogg (@Scott_19_90) October 29, 2011
Arsenal’s most recent home win against Chelsea came in December 2010. In what was arguably one of Arsenal’s most comprehensive wins over Chelsea, Arsene Wenger’s side dominated most of the game and were deserving winners. With Arsenal dominating possession in the first half it looked as if Chelsea had survived the onslaught, however a lapse of concentration from the Chelsea defence on the stroke of half-time gave Alex Song the time and space to finish past Petr Cech with a left foot drive into the bottom corner. Whatever Carlo Ancelotti said to his players had no effect as Arsenal stormed into a 3-0 lead with barely six minutes gone in the second half. Fabregas was able to capitalise on more sloppy Chelsea defending, tapping home with Walcott the provider and the Spanish International returned the favour, playing Walcott through on goal and he made no mistake. Chelsea were able to get a consolation goal through Branislav Ivanovic but were unable to make the game much of a contest with Arsenal holding onto a 3-1 win.
In what is only their second win at Stamford Bridge in the last 10 years, Arsenal were able to come away from the Bridge with 3 points in 2008. The Gunners went into the game as massive underdogs having endured a poor season before their clash in November. In what was a scrappy first half they fell behind late on in the first half when a Jose Bosingwa cross was put into his own net by Johan Djourou. Chelsea started the second half the better and looked to finish off Arsenal before they were hit with two goals in 3 minutes from Robin Van Persie. The Dutchman’s first goal was a super finish into the corner on his weaker right foot and his second was a well-timed left foot drive into the bottom corner past Petr Cech. With 30 minutes left Chelsea pushed for an equaliser but it never came with Arsenal holding on for the win.
Sunday’s game cannot come any sooner and Arsenal will look to produce a similar performance from their most recent wins against Chelsea if they are to have any hope of keeping the title race alive.