The cover for tonight’s match programme features a montage of great moments against Arsenal to mark the 200th meeting between the sides.
There's celebrations from Peter Osgood from 1973, after scoring the BBC’s Goal of the Season, Kerry Dixon in 1984 with Chelsea’s first goal back in Division One after a long absence, and Eden Hazard’s solo goal in 2017, plus the moment Wayne Bridge settled the first all-London Champions League tie in 2004.Frank Lampard knows better than most just how big this fixture is. On his regular page in the programme he writes: 'Chelsea versus Arsenal has always been a very important game for the fans, and the players certainly understand and feel that. It’s a derby with a rich history, one I’ve been involved in many times as a player and now as a manager as well, and the fact this is the 200th meeting between the two sides shows how far back the rivalry goes.'
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta references our recent comeback against the Gunners: 'We showed great character to score two late goals to grab the three points after a bad start. Now we are determined to produce a strong performance from the first minute in front of our home crowd tonight.'Elsewhere in the publication, The Journey Home tells the story of Tariq Lamptey's Blues debut in the reverse fixture against Arsenal in December with words from the Chelsea youngster, coach Joe Edwards and Azpilicueta in a compelling article which covers every angle as he went from being sat on the couch at Christmas to starring in an epic comeback at the Emirates.Mason Mount is the focus of this issue's In His Own Words. He goes into detail about how his upbringing in the Academy prepared him for life in the men’s first team, as well as revealing which three legendary midfielders he once did a presentation on. Hardly a surprise that one of them was Lampard!
Former centre-back Michael Duberry talks about ‘Dirty’ Dennis Bergkamp in the latest Star Gazing, as he recalls what it was like to come up against one of the Premier League's greatest and Secrets of the Dressing Room tells the story of our famous Champions League quarter-final win over the Gunners in 2004 through the eyes of Claudio Ranieri, who finally overcame Arsenal in his final meeting against them as Blues boss.
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