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North London derby doubles

In the space of a week, Chelsea achieved something that had only been done a handful of times in our history, winning away at Arsenal and Tottenham. Here’s a reminder of the previous occasions when we’ve toppled north London’s top two clubs.

There was a big contrast between wins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Emirates Stadium, as the 2-0 triumph over Spurs thanks to a Willian brace was one of our classiest displays of the season, while yesterday’s comeback over the Gunners was all about heart as Jorginho and Tammy Abraham netted in the final 10 minutes.

That latter victory meant we had won at the home grounds of both our big rivals from north London for the first time since 2012/13, which came a few months after we had become the capital’s first Champions League winners.

Juan Mata was heavily involved in both wins, scoring the decisive goal at the Emirates after setting up the opener for Fernando Torres, and then netting twice at White Hart Lane.

The game against Spurs was particularly memorable, as Gary Cahill scored a thumping volley to give us the lead in a topsy-turvy clash which saw the home side go ahead early in the second half prior to Mata’s decisive contribution. A 4-2 win was eventually sealed in stoppage time by Daniel Sturridge.

The only other time we’ve won both fixtures in the Premier League era came in the 2005/06 campaign, which ended with the Blues retaining the title. A 2-0 victory over Tottenham was achieved thanks to another Spaniard, as Asier Del Horno’s first goal for the club was followed by Damien Duff’s clincher.

Then, shortly before Christmas, we won at Highbury for the first time in the Premier League and it was by the same scoreline as we’d triumphed at White Hart Lane. Once again it was wide players doing the damage – Arjen Robben and Joe Cole scored either side of half-time to move us a whopping 20 points clear of Arsenal.

Our previous league win at the home of the Gunners had come in March 1990, as part of another north London double for the Blues. Bobby Campbell was in the Stamford Bridge hotseat and the winning goal at Highbury was scored by stalwart midfielder John Bumstead.

However, of far more interest was our 4-1 victory at Spurs, when Kevin Wilson bagged a brace and Kerry Dixon and Steve Clarke – in a campaign when the long-serving defender netted half of his 10-goal tally for the club – were also on target. The game began the era of Three Point Lane, when we went unbeaten in league matches at the stadium for 17 years!

Prior to that, you’ve got to go back quite some way for another north London double – but you’ll certainly remember the name of the man who scored all six of our goals in the two away wins during the 1963/64 season.

After netting both in a 2-1 victory at the Lane, Bobby Tambling then surpassed himself by netting all four of our goals in a 4-2 triumph at Highbury. The forward was, of course, our all-time leading scorer before his tally of 202 was surpassed by Frank Lampard in 2013.

That win over the Gunners was part of a six-game winning run in the league at their home ground, which has never been bettered before or since. Another great centre-forward was in our team when we started that streak in 1959/60, but surprisingly Jimmy Greaves didn’t find the back of the net in a 4-1 victory.

Normal service was resumed a little more than a week later, however, as he fired in the winner at White Hart Lane. It was his 30th and final goal of the campaign, one which secured a 1-0 win at a stadium he would later call home.

There are plenty of Chelsea games against Arsenal and Spurs to enjoy in the box set series on The 5th Stand

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