Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal later today, here are 18 key stats that you should know.
1. Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September was our heaviest against them since April 1997 (also 3-0). Chelsea were previously unbeaten in nine Premier League games against Arsenal (W6 D3).
2. Arsenal have not done the double over Chelsea in the same season since 2003/04 – the season in which they last won the Premier League.
3. The last Chelsea manager to fail to win either of his first two league games against the Gunners was Jose Mourinho in 2004/05, while the last Chelsea boss to lose both was Glenn Hoddle in 1993/94.
4. Arsene Wenger has lost his last four league games at Stamford Bridge. The only away ground where he’s lost more in succession is Old Trafford (2009-2013).
5. The 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September was Antonio Conte’s heaviest league defeat since October 2010 when he was manager of Siena (0-3 vs Empoli).
6. Arsenal scored more goals in the first half against Chelsea in their last Premier League meeting than they had in their previous nine clashes with the Blues.
7. The Gunners have had three players sent off in their last three Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (Gabriel, Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs).
8. Theo Walcott was the last Arsenal player to score at Stamford Bridge, in January 2013 in a 2-1 loss. He also scored in Arsenal’s last Premier League win there, 5-3 in October 2011.
9. Diego Costa has scored in two of his four league games against Arsenal and has been booked in the other two.
10. The Gunners have won three of their four Premier League London derbies this season (W3 D1 L0) – this after winning just one of their eight in 2015/16 (W1 D4 L3). They are the only team still unbeaten in London derbies this season.
11. Chelsea have won eight successive Premier League home games – their best run in the competition since a sequence of 10 wins that ended in January 2015. The aggregate score in these eight games is 24-3 in Chelsea’s favour.
12. Chelsea have dominated London’s oldest top-flight derby in recent years. The Gunners’ win at the Emirates in September was their first against the Blues in the Premier League in 10 attempts.
13. Chelsea versus Arsenal is London’s oldest top-flight derby, having first been played at Stamford Bridge in November 1907. Chelsea won 2-1. Since then, the two clubs have gone on to be London’s most successful.
14. The largest official attendance at Stamford Bridge was for Chelsea versus Arsenal in October 1935. A crowd of 82,905 watched a 1-1 draw, a record league attendance at the time and still the second highest ever.
15. Chelsea and Arsenal were the first British clubs to wear shirt numbers. The numbers trial was in August 1928 when Chelsea beat Swansea Town 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal lost at Sheffield Wednesday.
16. In March 1964, Bobby Tambling scored all the Chelsea goals in a 4-2 win away to Arsenal, the highest number by one of our players in a single game against the Gunners.
17. Didier Drogba scored 13 goals in 14 Chelsea appearances against Arsenal. Arsenal will be glad the Chelsea legend has left Chelsea.
18. Chelsea have hit the net 10 times in three meetings against Arsenal at the Bridge. The most emphatic was in March 2014, when Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard (from the spot), Oscar (twice) and Mo Salah ran riot. Chelsea won the game 6-0.
Source: Opta & Chelsea official website