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During the early 2000s, Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal were among the teams that were hard to beat in the Premier League, and the Gunners were ranked among the two best teams in the Premier League at the time, alongside Manchester United.
Interestingly, Chelsea didn’t win a game against Arsenal from 1998 to 2004, to show how quality the Gunners side were under Arsene Wenger at the time.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was signed to the club as a young player back in 2001, but it took three years and 11 meetings for him to taste a win over one of our strongest rivals.
In a Champions League quarter-final clash back in 2004, Chelsea came from 2-1 down to beat Arsenal 3-2 in an iconic game at the old Highbury Stadium, with Lampard scoring the equalising goal.
Since then, Chelsea have gone on to be the stronger of the two sides and boast of more trophies than their North London neighbours.
Reacting to that massive victory in 2004, Lampard said: “The evening was a turning point when we got that result because it gave us a huge amount of belief at that time,’ he confirms.
“We had not managed to beat Arsenal in my first days at Chelsea because they were a really strong unit and they had been built up for quite a number of years under Arsene Wenger, and we were changing, we were young. That night gave us belief so it did push us on at that point.”