City Slickers

There have been plenty of players to play for both Chelsea and Arsenal over the years, but it’s not too often you see direct moves between the two clubs.

That happened on deadline day, however, as Olivier Giroud moved from the Emirates to Stamford Bridge and penned an 18-month-contract with the Blues.

He followed the earlier arrivals of Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmieri through the doors at the Bridge, but after Giroud made the move across to London to sign for us from Arsenal, we’ve taken a look at some of the other players to have switched directly between the two clubs…

Ashley Cole

Arguably the most high-profile transfer between the two clubs came when Cole joined us from Arsenal in 2006. The left-back had already won the Premier League twice with the Gunners, before adding to his trophy cabinet with an array of honours during his time at Stamford Bridge. The England international lifted the Premier League with us in 2010, as well as four FA Cup and a League Cup. Not to mention, he was part of our successful sides that lifted both the Champions League and Europa League in 2012 and 2013 respectively. 

John Hollins

Our former midfielder actually took in two spells with us, with his second stint at the Bridge leading him back to west London in 1983, following a couple of seasons as a Gunner. Hollins took his first steps into coaching upon his second return, becoming a player-coach with us, before later becoming Chelsea manager in his own right. He was part of the successful side of 1983 that lifted the second division championship. Hollins was Blues boss for three years, between 1985 and 1988. 

Tommy Baldwin

Tommy Baldwin was signed from Arsenal in 1966, a move which also meant George Graham headed in the opposite direction as part of the deal. The striker spent nine years at the Bridge before moving on to Gravesend and Northfleet, and then later to Brentord, where he became a coach. He was a member of the successful FA Cup-winning side of 1970, and also lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following year. 

William Gallas

The French defender moved to north London as part of the deal that landed us Ashley Cole from the Gunners in 2006. His time with us was hugely successful, as he helped us win two Premier League titles and a League Cup before moving to the Emirates Stadium. In fact, Gallas would later move on to yet another London club, in Tottenham, and in doing so became the first player to play league football for all three sides. After a spell at White Hart Lane, Gallas ended his career in Australia with Perth Glory. 

Petr Cech

The Czech stopper proved to be a very shrewd bit of business from the Blues, when he joined from Rennes in 2004 and went on to make well over 300 appearances between the sticks for Chelsea. The goalkeeper won practically everything there is to win at club level with us, with four Premier League titles, four FA Cup triumphs and a Champions League win the highlights. He moved to Arsenal in 2015 after Thibaut Courtois overtook him as first-choice and always enjoys a warm welcome whenever he returns to Stamford Bridge with the Gunners.  

Tommy Docherty

The Scot made the move across London in 1961, after leaving Arsenal to become a player-coach at the Bridge. He would then be asked to taken over from Ted Drake as boss - who was, at the time, the only manager to had won a league title with the Blues. Docherty was most remembered for a lengthy spell with Preston during his playing career but also made quite the name for himself with us as manager, leading the club to League Cup success in 1965 before departing two years later. The Scot was a 'larger than life' character but did produce one of the most exciting Chelsea sides in years, despite spending very little.