As the London pair prepare to go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge this weekend we look at the players who’ve played for both clubs…
The World Cup winner joined Arsenal in 1997 and the stylish midfielder would go on to symbolise the new Arsenal under Arsene Wenger. Petit’s first season was a major success, going on to win a League and FA Cup double. In 2001 Petit made the switch to Spanish giants Barcelona where he only only stayed for one year before returning to London, this time to join Chelsea. It can be said that the after three years at Chelsea the Frenchman failed to reach the heights he once reached at Arsenal.
The imposing figure of William Gallas arrived at the bridge in 2001 for £6.2 million. (When Chelsea paid normal transfer fees for players). Gallas appeared to adapt very quickly to the high standards of the Premier League striking up a fine partnership with John Terry. However, after the arrival of Jose Mourinho who brought the services of Ricardo Carvalho Gallas was no longer in the plans of the manager. After a growing frustration Gallas was allowed to join Arsenal as part of the Ashley Cole deal. The towering centre half went on to captain Arsenal but his four years at the Gunners ended Trophy-less.
Arsene Wenger acquired Anelka as a young teenager from Paris Saint-Germain and the talented Frenchman had an impressive impact on the Arsenal playing squad. Anelka’s goals helped Arsenal on their way to a League and Cup double in the 97/98 season. After netting 19 goals throughout the 1999 season the talented forward man joined Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. Nine years after leaving London for Madrid, Anelka found himself back in London this time signing for Chelsea. After a slow start, Anelka netted 19 goals in the 08/09 season which again helped his club win a League and Cup double.
The Spanish maestro joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a fresh 16 year old with a tremendous mullet! The Spaniard was adored by the Arsenal faithful and certainly put in performances that they could not forget. However, with trophies being limited at the Gunners he made the switch back to Barcelona. Following his second spell at Barca there was many rumors of an Arsenal return but with the acquisition of Muset Ozil, Arsenal made the decision Fabregas was not what they required! Fabregas went on to join Chelsea where he has win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.
When thinking of both London giants you automatically think of Ashley Cole a player who was undoubtedly the best left back in the world during this era. After coming through the youth academy at Arsenal it could of been argued Cole was Arsenal ‘through and through’. This turned out to be the wrong perception entirely. After a bitter contract row the gifted full back moved to Arsenal’s city rivals Chelsea which did not sit very well with many Gunners! Cole throughout his career win three Premier League medals, seven FA Cups and one Champions League medal.