London will turn either blue or red as Chelsea and Arsenal renew their rivalry in the UEFA Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday evening.
The Blues will have the chance to lift a third trophy in three seasons and Maurizio Sarri’s first as manager of the South West London side, but will have to do it without a host of key players.
N’Golo Kante remains a doubt whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are all out of the crunch clash.
Injuries aside, many have argued that London has been blue on the domestic front over the last decade or so. How have Chelsea fared against The Gunners in previous finals?
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea, 2016/2017 Emirates FA Cup final
Under the reins of Antonio Conte, The Blues rejuvenated themselves from the disaster that was the previous season.
Conte’s Blues were on course for a brilliant domestic double in the Italian’s first season at the club. Unfortunately, that dream came to an end at Wembley.
Things started badly as Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead after four minutes. This was after a game of pinball from the officials saw Aaron Ramsey’s offside call overturned by the referee.
The task was made more difficult when Victor Moses was sent off in the second half for diving.
This did not stop Diego Costa from giving The Blues hope with 15 minutes left, as his equaliser set up a dramatic finish.
However it took only three minutes for The Gunners to grab the eventual winner, when Ramsey headed in from Olivier Giroud’s cross.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal, 2006/2007 League Cup final
In José Mourinho’s last full season in his first spell with The Blues, the period of English Premier League dominance came to an end, however, in typical Chelsea style, they still finished the campaign with silverware.
The Blues had to fight for it though, when Theo Walcott gave Arsenal the lead after he blitzed his way past Ricardo Carvalho.
Didier Drogba, the man for the big occasion, was there to lend a helping hand as the powerful Ivorian equalised and scored the winner late on.
That wasn’t all. In true London Derby fashion, a brawl between the two sides broke out, which subsequently saw the dismissals of John Obi Mikel, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea, 2001/2002 FA Cup final
Before the arrival of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea were still fighting on all fronts to try and make themselves an English powerhouse.
They were considered second to Arsenal who, back then, were the dominant force in England.
The Gunners had won the English Premier League this season and they made it a double after they saw off The Blues in the League Cup final.
It took the Gunners 69 minutes to break The Blues but they did it in style when Ray Parlour produced a magnificent strike to stun Chelsea. This was before Freddie Ljungberg made sure of the victory and their double celebration.
By Darion Westwood