Top 10 Stars Who Played for Both Arsenal and Chelsea as Havertz and Jorginho Face Former Club

Top 10 Stars Who Played for Both Arsenal and Chelsea as Havertz and Jorginho Face Former Club

Isaac Darko
updated at April 23, 2024 at 10:26 AM
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  • Arsenal will welcome Chelsea to the Emirates today in a Premier League clash
  • Kai Havertz is the latest player to transition from the Blues to the Gunners
  • Here are the top stars who have played for both the London rivals in their history

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The historic London Derby, pitting Arsenal against Chelsea, stands as one of English football's oldest rivalries, tracing back to their debut encounter in 1907.

Evolving significantly over time, particularly with Chelsea's ascent in the early 2000s, it now ranks among the Premier League's marquee matchups.

Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal, Chelsea, Kai Havertz, Jorginho.
Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among stars who have played for both the London rivals in their history. Photos by Nigel French/Ben Radford/Alex Pantling.
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Football stars such as Emmanuel Petit, Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas, and Petr Cech have donned both clubs' colours, with Kai Havertz being the latest to transition ahead of the 2023-24 season.

Sports Brief explores the top ten players who have graced the jerseys of both London clubs throughout their illustrious histories.

Stars who played for both Arsenal and Chelsea

1. Ashley Cole

The iconic English full-back commenced his professional journey with Arsenal in 1999, staying with the club until 2006 before transferring to Chelsea, where he enjoyed eight seasons.

At Arsenal, he clinched two Community Shields, three FA Cups, and two Premier League titles, per Football London.

During his tenure at Chelsea, Cole secured a Premier League trophy, four FA Cups, a League Cup, a Community Shield, a Europa League title, and a Champions League victory.

2. Petr Cech

The great goalkeeper graced Chelsea's goalposts from 2004 to 2015, amassing 494 appearances for the Blues, per GOAL.

During his tenure, he secured four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, a Champions League trophy, and a Europa League title.

Transitioning to Arsenal in 2015, he concluded the final four seasons of his illustrious career with the Gunners, adding two Community Shields and an FA Cup triumph to his impressive list of achievements.

3. Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish midfielder kicked off his professional journey with Arsenal in 2003, remaining with the club for eight seasons. During his tenure, he secured a Community Shield and an FA Cup title.

Transitioning to Chelsea in 2014, he played for five seasons, contributing to the team's triumphs with two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a League Cup title.

4. David Luiz

The Brazilian defender had two spells at Chelsea, first from 2011 to 2014 and then from 2016 to 2019.

During his time with the Blues, David Luiz celebrated victories in the Premier League, Champions League, two FA Cups, and two Europa League competitions.

Moving to Arsenal in 2019, he enjoyed two seasons with the Gunners, capturing an FA Cup and a Community Shield title.

5. Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud made his entrance into Arsenal in 2012, gracing the team for six seasons before making his move to Chelsea in 2018.

Departing from the Blues in the summer of 2021, the French striker left his mark with three FA Cup wins and three Community Shield titles at Arsenal.

At Chelsea, he added to his accolades with an FA Cup triumph, a Europa League victory, and a Champions League title.

6. Willian

The Brazilian winger showcased his talent at Chelsea for seven seasons, spanning from 2013 to 2020.

During his time there, he secured two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and a Europa League title.

7. Nicolas Anelka

The French forward was a key figure at Arsenal for two seasons, spanning from 1997 to 1999, during which he secured a Premier League title, an FA Cup, and a Community Shield.

In 2008, he made the switch to Chelsea, where he spent four seasons, adding a Premier League trophy, two FA Cups, and a Community Shield title to his impressive list of achievements with the Blues.

8. Emmanuel Petit

The Frenchman signed for Arsenal in 1997 and remained with the club for three seasons, securing a Premier League title, an FA Cup, and two Community Shields during his tenure.

After a brief spell at Barcelona, the Frenchman returned to London in 2001 to join Chelsea for another three seasons, albeit without clinching any trophies with the Blues.

9. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang

Following a successful four-year stint that included winning an FA Cup, the Gabon international parted ways with Arsenal by mutual agreement, making a move to Barcelona during the January transfer window of 2022.

However, his time at the Camp Nou was short-lived, lasting only seven months, before Chelsea secured his services on a two-year contract in September 2022.

10. Kai Havertz

Havertz garnered widespread acclaim as one of the most promising talents worldwide during his time at Bayer Leverkusen. However, he struggled to meet the lofty expectations upon his transfer to Chelsea fully.

The German international exhibited a knack for stepping up in crucial moments, notably clinching the winning goal in Chelsea's Champions League final victory against Manchester City.

His move to Arsenal in the summer of 2023 raised some eyebrows, yet it was evident that the Gunners were in dire need of squad reinforcements. Havertz's versatility could ultimately prove to be a savvy addition despite initial surprises surrounding his transfer.

How Chelsea could line up vs Arsenal

Earlier, Sports Brief analysed how Chelsea could line up in the absence of Palmer for their Arsenal clash.

Pochettino is expected to rethink his team set-up for the much-anticipated London derby.

A win for the Gunners will cement their lead at the top as the title race hots up.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)