Chelsea vs Arsenal: The London rivalry born in the 2000s

Chelsea vs Arsenal: The London rivalry born in the 2000s

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:58 PM

Chelsea vs Arsenal, which is the biggest club in London? Between Chelsea vs Arsenal, which club is the most successful? Do you know that despite The Blues' trophy domination during the Abramovich era, The Gunners are still ahead with thirteen trophies? However, the west Londoners are one of the most successful clubs since 2000. They have a total of 23 trophies, with close rival Manchester United having 24. Do The Gunners have a European trophy? Also, get to know about Chelsea vs Arsenal Premier League titles.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: The London rivalry born in the 2000s
The Arsenal and Chelsea club crests on the first team's kits on July 24, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo: Visionhaus
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Both teams have dominated in the Premier League for decades, being one of the top six clubs in the country. The question has always been 'which colour is London?' Recently, Tottenham has also found itself in the competition. However, they are yet to win a major trophy since February 24, 2008, when they lifted the League Cup. Their stadium is however, regarded as one of the best in the Premier League and the world.

Chelsea vs Arsenal head-to-head all time

Sources reveal that The Gunners have won more games in the history of their head-to-head games against Chelsea, having won 79 times, compared to The Blues' 66, and have drawn 59 times, as of August 2021. The west Londoners' veteran forward, Didier Drogba, is the all-time top scorer in the fixture, with 13 goals.

The Gunners' best result at Stamford Bridge was a 5-1 victory in 1930. Decades later, in March 2014, The Blues annihilated The Gunners 6-0 to claim their largest win at the Emirates.

The Chelsea vs Arsenal derby has been one of the most outstanding in London and the UK. They played their first match at Stamford Bridge in 1907.

Chelsea vs Arsenal all trophies

The west Londoners have been the most successful club in England since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003, with 21 titles. In comparison, the North Londoners have only won one Premier League title and six FA Cups throughout the same time.

During the same time frame, Chelsea won their first Champions League trophy in 2012 and did so again in 2021. The European trophy has always been a nightmare for the North Londoners, whose solitary success was reaching the final in 2006 against Barcelona, who won it the Catalan way.

In 2019, The Gunners' Europa League dreams were buried by their west London bitter rivals, who won the final. To add salt to the wound, Arsenal's former striker Olivier Giroud scored for Chelsea. Petr Cech, Chelsea's current technical director, was on The Gunners' starting lineup.

What else to know about Chelsea vs Arsenal champions league stats? Without a doubt, their last game in the Champions League occurred in 2003, when Chelsea defeated them 2–1 at their then home venue, Highbury. Arsenal got their 45+ goal from the legendary late Antonio Reyes. Lampard and Wayne Bridge earned The Blues the victory, in the second half of the game.

Since the formation of the English top flight, The Gunners have been superior to their rivals. They also completed the 2003-04 season unbeaten, being the only Premier League invincibles to date.

Below is the comparison of their total trophies :

Competitions Arsenal Chelsea

UEFA Champions League 0 2

UEFA Europa League 0 2

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 2

UEFA Super Cup 0 2

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1 0

FIFA Club World Cup 0 1

First Division / Premier League 13 6

FA Cup 14 8

League Cup 2 5

FA Community Shield 16 4

Full member's cup 0 2

Total 47 34

Chelsea vs Arsenal rivalry

Chelsea vs Arsenal: The London rivalry born in the 2000s
Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea reacts after conceding a penalty against Arsenal during the FA Cup Final match on August 1, 2020 in London, England. Photo: Marc Atkins
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During Abramovich's debut, the coaches, José Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, fueled the existing antagonism. Martin Tyler described their first meeting in 2004 as "a clash between two managers, who, beneath very sophisticated surfaces, have the instincts of street fighters."

Since the Russian tycoon bought the team, its importance and dominance in the League has been publicly recognized, which has engendered some resentment among north Londoners. According to a 2008 survey, Arsenal fans ranked Chelsea as the side they despise the most.

Being part of the history of Chelsea vs Arsenal rivalry, Wenger admitted that selling Ashley Cole to his rivals was one of his biggest regrets. Cole later won the Champions League and Premier League after moving to West London in 2006.

Chelsea vs Arsenal legends

Despite the rivalry between the two teams, the players, however, don't mind transferring to either side. Some of the great players to play on both sides include:

Arsenal to Chelsea

Ashley Cole

Cesc Fabregas

Olivier Giroud

Nicolas Anelka

David Rocastle

Emmanuel Petit

Chelsea to Arsenal

Petr Cech

William Gallas

David Luiz


Yossi Benayoun (Loan)

Lassana Diarra

Thierry Henry, The Gunners' all-time top scorer, was the first, along with Alan Shearer of Newcastle United, to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Frank Lampard, Chelsea's former captain and coach, was also inducted afterwards.

The North Londoners' legend, Patrick Vieira, was also added to the list earlier in March 2022, together with Wayne Rooney. Most fans could compare the two teams based on these inductees, but more players are still to be added, with Chelsea presently having the most shortlisted players compared to Arsenal.

What about the greatest Chelsea vs Arsenal squad of all time? Which players would be in both teams' all-time first XI? According to sources, a former English footballer, Alan Smith, was asked to identify the most incredible XI in 2016. His choice was one of the greatest, and we have produced one of our best in comparison to Alan Smith's:


Petr Cech


César Azpilicueta

Tony Adams

John Terry

Ashley Cole


Frank Lampard

Patrick Vieira

N’golo Kante


Didier Drogba

Dennis Bergkamp

Henry Thierry

Chelsea vs Arsenal coaches

Chelsea vs Arsenal: The London rivalry born in the 2000s
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho clash during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 4, 2014. Photo: Shaun Botterill
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In the last two decades, who has had the most coaches? Since Claudio Ranieri joined Chelsea in 2000, the club has hired 14 coaches, with Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink serving two different terms. On the opposite side of the city though, they have only had three since the renowned Arsene Wenger left — after 22 years – in 2018.

Chelsea vs Arsenal still remains one of the most competitive fixtures in the League today. The West Londoners, however, have utterly dominated their opponents. It's been a while since Arsenal finished first in the League, ahead of Chelsea. So, it's up to you to determine which colour represents London.

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.