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Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch: Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch:

Arsenal and Chelsea’s rivalry has undoubtedly intensified over the years. But that has not stopped a number of players from making the switch from north to west London or vice versa.

The Gunners certainly got the last laugh last time out after beating the Blues 2-1 in the FA Cup final earlier this year as Mikel Arteta claimed his first major trophy in management.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Willian with Arsenal players at FA cup finals in Wembley

Arsenal have sealed the free signing of Willian, who has been a loyal servant at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian winger has signed a three-year deal at the Emirates.

The rivalry between the two London clubs stretches back decades but a number of players have gone on to play for both sides.

David Luiz (Chelsea 2011-2014/2016-2019 and Arsenal 2019-present)

The last man to cross the divide was the Brazilian who, it’s fair to say has had his ups and downs.

Even in the last two months he’s gone from zero to hero at the Emirates, winning the FA Cup just weeks after a horrendous display against Man City in the Premier League.

His time at Stamford Bridge saw him win the title, Champions League, two Europa Leagues, and two FA Cups.

This season he added to his collection and signed a new contract as his performances picked up towards the end of the 2019/20 season

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Luiz is now enjoying the highs at Arsenal

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal 2012-2018 and Chelsea 2018-present)

The striker lifted three FA Cups with Arsenal during his five and a half seasons at the Emirates.

He scored 73 Premier League goals in 180 games before a move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in 2018.

For the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge he has been a backup striker, but following the restart he has been an integral member of Frank Lampard’s side, scoring eight goals to fire the Blues to a top four finish.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Giroud scored 73 Premier League goals for Arsenal before moving to Chelsea
Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch

Petr Cech (Chelsea 2004-2015 and Arsenal 2015-2019)

The goalkeeper spent 15 years in England with either Chelsea or Arsenal.

Eleven of those came while playing for the Blues where he made 494 appearances winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League.

He then jumped over to the Emirates and won another FA Cup, while also losing League Cup and Europa League finals.

Cech has since retired and now returned to Stamford Bridge in a role as a technical and performance advisor.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Petr Cech won the FA Cup five times – four with Chelsea and one with Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal 2003-2011 and Chelsea 2014-2019)

The Spanish playmaker lit up the Premier League as a teenager with the Gunners and enjoyed eight seasons with the club before moving to Barcelona in 2011.

Fabregas was back in the Premier League three seasons later with Chelsea and in four and a half seasons won two league titles.

He moved from the Blues last year to join up with former teammate Thierry Henry, who was manager at Monaco at the time.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Fabregas later moved to monaco
Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch

William Gallas (Chelsea 2001-2006 and Arsenal 2006-2010)

Gallas spent five seasons at Stamford Bridge winning two Premier League trophies before switching to north London as part of a deal that saw Ashley Cole go in the other direction.

The central defender spent five seasons at Arsenal before moving to Tottenham.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Gallas moved to Arsenal as part of the Ashley Cole transfer

Ashley Cole (Arsenal 1999-2006 and Chelsea 2006-2014)

Cole came through the Arsenal youth ranks to win the Premier League twice, FA Cup three times and lose out in the Champions League final.

His protracted transfer to Chelsea was completed in 2006. Where he went on to win another league title, four FA Cups, the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Ashley Cole won major trophies with both Arsenal and Chelsea

Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal 1997-1999 and Chelsea 2008-2012)

Arsene Wenger signed Anelka as a 17-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain for £500,000 and he went on to score 23 Premier League goals in 65 games.

Real Madrid came calling and he was signed for £22.3million in 1999 and went on to play for another five clubs before signing for Chelsea in 2008.

He had arguably the best spell of his career at Stamford Bridge scoring 59 goals in 125 games.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Nicolas Anelka signed for Arsenal as a 17-year-old
Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch

Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal 1997-2000 and Chelsea 2001-2004)

The France World Cup winner enjoyed a successful spell at Arsenal after signing in 1997. Thus helping them win a league and FA Cup double in his first season.

Petit spent a season at Barcelona before moving to Chelsea in 2001. Where he spent the remaining three seasons of his career.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Emmanuel Petit won the World Cup with France in 1998

Lassana Diarra (Chelsea 2005-2007 and Arsenal 2007-2008)

Diarra signed for Chelsea as a 20-year-old in 2005 and struggled to get much game time behind Claude Makelele. He made just 31 appearances before being sold to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

It did not get much better at the Emirates as, after only five months with the Gunners. Then he was sold to Portsmouth.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Lasanna Diarra was with Arsenal for just five months

Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea 2010-2013 and Arsenal 2011/12)

The midfielder was signed for £5.5million by Chelsea from Liverpool in 2010. But was not a regular in his three seasons at the club.

The player made 24 appearances in all competitions and was loaned to Arsenal during the middle of this spell.

Players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal as Willian completes Gunners switch
Yossi Benayoun

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