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Five most memorable Chelsea vs Arsenal games

Although not your typical London rivalry, Chelsea and Arsenal fans do not like each other.

In fact, a survey of Arsenal fans done in 2009 resulted in Gunners supporters naming Chelsea as the club they disliked most.

And over the years, there have been many memorable matches – full of goals, red cards and, surprisingly, celery.

So here are the five most memorable Chelsea vs Arsenal matches from the Premier League era.

Arsenal 3 – 3 Chelsea, 4th September 1996

4 Sep 1996: Gianluca Vialli of Chelsea for in action during the FA Carling Premiership match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Highbury in London. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport

With Arsene Wenger’s appointment as manager still being held-up, Arsenal hosted a Chelsea side that hadn’t lost yet.

And it started so well for the Blues. They were 2-0 up in half an hour with Frank Leboeuf and Gianluca Vialli putting them ahead.

However, Arsenal replied with goals from Paul Merson, Martin Keown and Ian Wright.

But Chelsea were saved by a dramatic stoppage time equaliser from captain Dennis Wise.

Chelsea 2 – 3 Arsenal, 23rd October 1999

23 Oct 1999: (L to R) Marc Overmars and Ray Parlour congratulate Arsenal team mate Kwankwo Kanu on his second and equalising goal during the FA Carling Premier League match against Chelsea played at Stamford Bridge, London. The game finished in 3-2 winfor Arsenal. \ Mandatory Credit: Graham Chadwick /Allsport

Having been went 2-0 up through goals from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu, Chelsea were cruising with just 15 minutes to go.

But step up Nwankwo Kanu.

The Arsenal forward scored a 15-minute hat-trick to send the Gunners home with the three points and the fans jubilant.

He scored two goals in just eight minutes to level the scores but it is his hat-trick goal that lives long in people’s memories.

Chelsea 2 – 1 Arsenal, 25th February 2007

Cardiff, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger enters the field to help stop a fight between his players and Chelsea’s during the English League Cup Final football match at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, 25 February 2007. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS Mobile and website use of domestic English football pictures subject to a subscription of a license with Football Association Premier League (FAPL) tel: +44 207 2981656. For newspapers where the football content of the printed and electronic versions are identical, no license is necessary. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Known as the ‘Snarling Cup Final’ to most, the 2007 League Cup Final is a classic game for most fans, although probably for the wrong reasons.

With the scores at 1-1, John Terry was knocked unconscious whilst trying a diving header from a corner after he was kicked in the head by Abou Diaby.

As a result of this lengthily injury stoppage, seven minutes of added time was administered and in those extra minutes, a huge fracas broke out between the two sides.

Arsenal’s Kolo Touré and Emmanuel Adebayor were both dismissed, together with Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel.

Cesc Fabregas even had celery thrown at him by Chelsea fans.

Even crazier still,  Emmanuel Eboué was retrospectively banned for three matches as his punch on Wayne Bridge was missed by Howard Webb.

Chelsea 3 – 5 Arsenal, 29th October 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Robin van Persie’s hat-trick blitzed Chelsea to give Arsenal a big win in a season where he scored 37 goals and earned his move to Manchester United.

Chelsea twice took the lead through Frank Lampard and John Terry but Arsenal fought back to take the lead with goals from van Persie, a mazy dribble from Theo Walcott and Andre Santos.

And after Juan Mata equalised for Chelsea, van Persie completed his hat-trick with two goals in the last five minutes.

Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal, 22nd March 2014

Arsene Wenger manager / head coach of Arsenal goes over to Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Chelsea and pushes him resulting in a scuffle between the two managers (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge didn’t go quite to plan.

It was obvious it wasn’t going to be their day when Chelsea flops Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle scored with seven minutes.

But the moment it will forever be remembered for is when referee Andre Marriner wrongly dismissed Kieran Gibbs for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s handball.

Hazard and an Oscar double extended Arsenal’s woes before somebody called Mohamed Salah was able to score.

Wenger and Mourinho even had some argy-bargy on the touchline and that’s forgotten because of all the madness on the pitch.