Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 and since that day their only ground has been Stamford Bridge. Since then they have had no less than 39 different managers go through their turnstiles.
The following does not make pleasant reading but the facts are that Stamford Bridge has not been a very happy hunting ground for Arsenal in the Premier League era. We have not won a game there since Oct 29, 2011 and have only gained 8 points in the last 13 seasons – so our expectations should be minimal.
Here is our Stamford Bridge record.
From 1993 to 2004 –
P12, W5, D4, L3, GF18, GA13, Pts19, Pts% 52.78
From 2005 to 2017 –
P13, W2, D2, L9, GF11, GA27, Pts8, Pts% 20.51
We fared a lot better away from 1907 to 1992 in the Division 1 era when we spilt the games equally. (The points are based on 3 points for a win).
W18, D19, L18, GF73, GA69, Pts73, Pts% 44.24
Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea Football Club in 2003 and the money that he has pumped into the club and squad heralded a change in their fortunes and a major shift of power in the Premier League.
Now here’s a slice of very pleasant memorabilia.
May 4, 2002: Chelsea 0-2 Arsenal, FA Cup final
Ray Parlour had scored just one goal all season before unleashing a screamer from 25 yards to give Arsenal the lead in the 70th minute. Freddie Ljungberg then added the second with a spectacular solo effort, curling in a shot from outside the area to make sure of the victory. A few days later we beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford to secure the Premier League title and a famous Double.
Oct. 23, 1999: Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, Premier League
This game looked well out of reach for Arsenal after we conceded two headers to trail 2-0 against a Chelsea side that had not conceded a league goal at Stamford Bridge that season. But substitute Kanu single-handedly lead us to an improbable victory, scoring a hat trick in the final 15 minutes to stun Chelsea and silence the crowd. The winner came in the 90th minute after he came through the puddles to round goalkeeper Ed de Goey near the by-line before scoring from a tight angle with a shot that sailed over the heads of two Chelsea defenders.
Sept. 21, 1997: Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, Premier League
This proved a key victory in Arsene Wenger’s first title-winning campaign and one of the finest moments for long-serving left-back Nigel Winterburn. Dennis Bergkamp had scored twice to leave the game level at 2-2 before Winterburn unleashed a stunning 25-yard strike with his left foot that curled into the far top corner. Arsenal went on to win their first Double under Wenger. This game has very special memories for GN5 as it was the last game that I ever watched with my Dad – while he was on a visit to Canada.
Our last PL game against Bournemouth was a very positive sign and even knowing of our misfortunes at Stamford Bridge I still remain positive and hopeful that we will gain yet another memorable win at Stamford Bridge.
Written by GunnerN5