Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 Memorable Moments of London Derby, Including Eden Hazard’s Solo Goal

Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 Memorable Moments of London Derby, Including Eden Hazard’s Solo Goal

Martin Moses
updated at October 20, 2023 at 9:02 AM
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  • Chelsea vs. Arsenal will headline game week 9 of the 2023/2024 Premier League season
  • It will be Mauricio Pochetino's first clash against Arsenal since his return to English football
  • We take a look at some of the unforgettable moments this fixture has produced in the past

Premier League action will return with a bang this weekend when a rejuvenated Chelsea welcome a high-flying Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea finally appeared to get going under Mauricio Pochettino, registering three consecutive wins in all competitions. Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to taste defeat, with their 1-0 win over Manchester City before the international break boosting their belief immensely.

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Chelsea Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino and defender Thiago Silva during a training session on October 19, 2023. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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This will be the 208th time the two London rivals are facing each other. Across this period, there have been countless memorable moments.

Top 5 Chelsea vs. Arsenal memories

Sports Brief takes a walk down memory lane and relives some of these moments ahead of the showdown in West London.

1. Nwankwo Kanu hat-trick at the Bridge (1999)

With the Gunners trailing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu singlehandedly won the game for his side, bagging a hat-trick at the home of their London rivals.

"We were 2-0 down when I came on. I made it 2-1, then 2-2, and the goal for my hat-trick was wonderful – fantastic. Every Arsenal fan remembers that goal," he said, as previously reported by Sports Brief.

2. Michael Essien Thunderbolt (2006)

Chelsea's 51-game unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge was at risk of crumbling after Matheu Flamini had given Arsenal the lead 12 minutes from time.

However, six minutes later, Ashley Cole played a pass to Arjen Robben, who declined to return the favour and instead found Frank Lampard. The Englishman laid off the ball to Essien with the hope that he would find Shaun Wright-Phillips on the other flank.

The Bison unleashed a ferocious shot from 35 yards out, which remains one of the best long-range strikes in Premier League history.

3. Gabriel Martinelli and the N'Golo Kante slip

N'Golo Kante built his reputation as one of the most impermeable midfielders in history. The Frenchman was technically unplayable on his day.

But on January 21 2020, at Stamford Bridge, an Arsenal counterattack led by Gabriel Martinelli found him off-guard. The World Cup winner lost his footing and fell to the turf, leaving Martinelli with a clear run to goal to equalise proceedings for the visitors.

4. Eden Hazard's solo goal (2017)

Eden Hazard is still in the news for his early retirement. Very few people can argue about the talent and class he oozed during his seven years in England.

According to Transfermakt, he scored seven times against Arsenal, but no goal comes close to what he did on February 4, 2017. The Belgian ran almost from the halfway line, keeping the ball away from the Arsenal defenders before dinking it past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

5. Jose Mourinho vs. Arsene Wenger (2014)

The two veteran managers were always involved in a contest during their time in England. The temperatures reached boiling point when Wenger shoved Mourinho in 2014. Chelsea went on to win 2-0, compounding Wenger's frustrations.

What will Saturday, October 21, 2023, have in store?

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