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Ahead of the FA Cup final, here's our ultimate XI who have played for both Arsenal and Chelsea

By stemiles196 • a week ago • 17 views • 1 comments

When Arsenal and Chelsea face each other in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday it will be the latest instalment in a fierce rivalry.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this London rivalry is that, especially in recent years, there have been a significant amount of players who have represented both sides - most notoriously Ashley Cole.

Here, Sportsmail selects the best XI of players who have played for both Arsenal and Chelsea down the years...

Goalkeeper

Petr Cech: Chelsea 2004-2015, Arsenal 2015-2019

The only goalkeeper to have played for both clubs, Cech spent the majority of his career at Chelsea and won an array of trophies, including the Champions League, four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

He made the switch to Arsenal in 2015, but, despite some encouraging performances in his first season, he started to decline before eventually retiring in 2019.

Fittingly, the last appearance of Cech's career came for Arsenal against Chelsea in the Europa League final last year, but the Blues prevailed 4-1. Shortly afterwards he returned to Chelsea as a technical advisor.

Defence

Right back - John Hollins: Chelsea 1963-1975, Arsenal 1979-1983, Chelsea 1983-1984

Hollins was an outstanding midfielder during his illustrious first spell at Chelsea, but fits into this team at right back, where he often featured for Arsenal later in his career.

During his first spell at Chelsea Hollins scored 69 times, while he won the FA Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and the League Cup.

After moving to Queens Park Rangers, he went on to Arsenal, where he was named the club's player of the year in 1982 prior to returning to Chelsea.

Centre back - David Luiz: Chelsea 2010-2014, 2016-2019, Arsenal 2019-present

Another who had two spells at Chelsea, Luiz has often fluctuated between being hugely impressive and error prone.

Luiz won a wide array of trophies at Chelsea, including the Champions League in 2012 and the Premier League in 2017.

Since joining Arsenal he has already conceded five penalties in the Premier League.

Centre back - William Gallas: Chelsea 2001-2006, Arsenal 2006-2010

A player who doesn't know the meaning of the word loyalty, Gallas achieved the rare feat of playing for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

The centre back featured heavily for Chelsea, racking up over 200 appearances, and winning two league titles as well as the League Cup.

Although he had some good performances at times after crossing the divide as part of a move involving Ashley Cole, Gallas' time at Arsenal was less successful, with his most high-profile moment coming when he was stripped of the captaincy.

Left back - Ashley Cole: Arsenal 1999-2006, Chelsea 2006-2014

Many Arsenal fans still haven't forgiven Cole for his controversial move to Chelsea, but there is no question that he was a huge success for both clubs.

A key part of Arsenal's invincibles side in 2004, from his perspective Cole was certainly vindicated in joining Chelsea as he went on to enjoy much success there.

Amongst the many other honours he won, Cole lifted the FA Cup on a record seven occasions - four times with Chelsea and three times with Arsenal.

Defender Bill Dickson made over 100 appearances for Chelsea in the league and later played for Arsenal between 1953 and 1956 but didn't win any trophies with either club.

Colin Pates represented both teams but also didn't win any trophies.

Midfield

Emmanuel Petit: Arsenal 1997-2000, Chelsea 2001-2004

Whereas most players in this team were more successful at Chelsea than Arsenal, the opposite can be said for Petit.

The French midfielder formed a hugely effective partnership with his compatriot Patrick Vieira as Arsenal won the double in the 1997-98 season.

After joining Barcelona, Petit returned to England with Chelsea in 2001 but wasn't quite able to make the same impact as he did at Arsenal.

George Graham: Chelsea 1964-1966, Arsenal 1966-1972

Nicknamed 'Stroller', Graham was a fine player for Arsenal and made over 300 appearances for the club.

That included winning the double in 1971, with his performances key to Arsenal's success.

Graham had previously played for Chelsea but frequently clashed with manager Tommy Docherty.

Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal 2003-2011, Chelsea 2014-2019

Signed from Barcelona as a 16-year-old, Fabregas remains the youngest player to ever play for Arsenal.

For all the impact he made during over 300 appearances for the Gunners, he won just one trophy, the FA Cup in 2005, with some of the players around him often not of the same calibre.

After his return to Barcelona, Fabregas came back to England with Chelsea, and that proved to be an inspired decision as he won two league titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

David Rocastle: Arsenal 1985-1992, Chelsea 1994-1998

A product of the Arsenal academy, Rocastle won two league titles with the Gunners and is fondly remembered for the impact that he made at the club.

Rocastle was especially influential during Arsenal's title winning season of 1988-89.

Having played for Leeds and Manchester City, Rocastle moved to Chelsea in 1994, with whom he reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup just a year later.

Graham Rix, who produced some excellent performances for Arsenal, wasn't included in this team as he only featured for Chelsea during an injury crisis when he was a youth coach at the club.

Lassana Diarra also played for Chelsea and Arsenal but was only with the Gunners for a brief period.

Wales international Peter Nicholas represented both clubs but the defensive midfielder didn't quite have the same impact as Petit.

Alan Hudson is another option - he helped Arsenal to reach the FA Cup final in 1978 - but he didn't win any silverware with the Gunners or Chelsea.

Yossi Benayoun also had a spell on loan at Arsenal from Chelsea in the 2011-12 season but didn't feature prominently for either club.

Forwards

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal 2012-2018, Chelsea 2018-present

Arsenal fans will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's Europa League final, when Giroud scored to help Chelsea prevail.

Giroud angered many Gunners supporters when footage emerged of him sarcastically thanking Arsenal while holding the trophy on the team bus following the European final triump.

It would certainly rub more salt in the wounds if Giroud was to be involved in another Chelsea success on Saturday.

Nicolas Anelka: Arsenal 1997-1999, Chelsea 2008-2012

Anelka was a hugely exciting player when he joined Arsenal as a youngster and helped Arsene Wenger's side to win the double in 1997-98.

In 1999, Anelka moved to Real Madrid for £22.3million, a fee that some believe helped Arsenal to pay for their training ground.

Much later in his career he returned to England with Chelsea and won the Premier League in addition to two League Cups.

Talented forward Tommy Baldwin impressed for Chelsea between 1963 and 1974, but Giroud and Anelka get into the team based on the impact they made for both Arsenal and Chelsea.

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