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Taking out the Gunners

Chelsea have netted some fine goals in victories against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium over the past decade. Which is your favourite?

Nicolas Anelka – May 2009

One-time Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka came back to haunt his former side with a stunning effort in a 4-1 win late in the 2008/09 season. Receiving the ball near the centre circle, the Frenchman turned past Samir Nasri and advanced unchallenged before unleashing a low drive from 25 metres that swerved past Lukasz Fabianski into the bottom corner of the net.

Didier Drogba – November 2009

Didier Drogba was a one-man wrecking crew in our 3-0 win in November 2009. Having opened the scoring before forcing an own goal from Thomas Vermaelen to make it 2-0, the Ivorian completed the demolition job with a stunning free-kick four minutes from time, side-footing his effort from 25 metres around the wall and past the despairing dive of Manuel Almunia.

Fernando Torres – September 2012

A remarkable bit of improvisation by Fernando Torres opened the scoring in our 2-1 victory at the Emirates early in the 2012/13 season. Laurent Koscielny appeared to have things under control, holding and blocking off the Spanish striker as Juan Mata swung in a free-kick. However, Torres kept his focus and stuck his right boot in front of the French defender to divert the ball past Vito Mannone and into the net.

Juan Mata – October 2013

Mata’s last goal as a Chelsea player sealed a 2-0 success against the Gunners in the fourth round of the League Cup in 2013/14. With the Blues leading by a Cesar Azpilicueta goal midway through the second half, Willian nodded the ball to the Spaniard who took one touch on the edge of the box before unleashing a sweetly struck effort which flew past the fingertips of Fabianski into the far corner.

Diego Costa – January 2016

The 2015/16 season was not a good one for the Blues on the whole but we did the double against Arsenal, winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge before Diego Costa’s lone strike secured victory at the Emirates. After failing to get on the end of a Nemanja Matic cross, the Spain striker stayed in the box and he got into the right position to meet Branislav Ivanovic’s return ball, with a close-range volley past former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

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