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Players who played for both Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League era amid Alvaro Morata links

Alvaro Morata could be heading back to the Premier League this summer with reports claiming the Spaniard is close to joining Arsenal for £25million.

The 29-year-old’s two-year loan spell at Juventus is coming to an end and he’s set to return to parent club Atletico Madrid this summer.

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The former Chelsea man scored 32 goals for the Old Lady during his second stint in Turin. The Bianconeri are keen to sign Morata on a permanent deal but have so far baulked at the £30million fee that would trigger the option to keep the Spain international.

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But with Mikel Arteta losing Alexandre Lacazette this summer, the Gunners are keen to add more firepower to their forward line after just missing out on Champions League qualification.

However, Arteta’s side could face competition for Morata’s signature from Newcastle United. Calciomercato reports that the Magpies have asked for information on Morata.

With Morata heavily linked with a move to north London, TBR takes a look at the players who played for both Arsenal and Chelsea during the Premier League era.

Players who played for both Arsenal and Chelsea

David Rocastle

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The late English midfielder started his career with the Gunners in 1985 and spent seven seasons at Highbury, winning the First Division twice, one League Cup and a Community Shield.

Rocastle made the move to west London with the Blues in 1994 where he stayed for four years, but due to his injury issues, the midfielder’s last game for Chelsea came in October 1995 before he left the club permanently in 1998.

Lassana Diarra

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The French midfielder played at Chelsea for two seasons from 2005-2007 where he won the FA Cup and a League Cup title.

But after making 31 appearances under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, Diarra moved to Arsenal in 2007 where he spent one season and made 12 appearances before moving to Portsmouth.

Emmanuel Petit

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The World Cup and European Championship winner arrived at Arsenal from Monaco in 1997 and he spent three years under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, winning the Premier League, the FA Cup and two Community Shields.

After a season with Barcelona, Petit returned to the Premier League with Chelsea where he spent three seasons, but he did not win a trophy with the Blues.

Yossi Benayoun

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The diminutive Israeli joined Chelsea in 2010 from Liverpool and the attacking midfielder remained at the club until 2013.

During his three years at Stamford Bridge, Benayoun spent the 2011-12 season on loan at the Emirates Stadium. At Chelsea, Benayoun won a Europa League title, but he didn’t get his hands on any silverware during his season with the Gunners.

Willian

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The Brazilian may have been a big hit at Stamford Bridge, but the same cannot be said about his ill-fated move to Arsenal.

Chelsea paid Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala £30m to sign the winger in August 2013, and Willian spent seven years at Stamford Bridge where he won two Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, one League Cup and a Europa League title.

After scoring 63 goals and providing 62 assists from 339 games for Chelsea, Willian moved to Arsenal, but after only one season with the Gunners and one goal scored, he moved back to his homeland.

Nicolas Anelka

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The French forward played at Arsenal for two seasons from 1997 to 1999 where he won a Premier League, an FA Cup and a Community Shield before moving to Real Madrid.

In January 2008, after spending 18 months at Bolton Wanderers, Anelka moved to Stamford Bridge and played in west London for four seasons.

With the Blues, he won a Premier League, two FA Cups and one Community Shield title. But Anelka did miss a crucial penalty in the 2008 Champions League defeat against Manchester United.

David Luiz

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The Brazilian centre-back had two spells at Chelsea following moves from Benfica and Paris Saint Germain. Luiz won a Premier League, a Champions League, two FA Cups and two Europa League titles.

Luiz joined Arsenal in 2019 and spent seasons in north London where he won a FA Cup and a Community Shield. The 35-year-old is currently playing for Flamengo back in his native Brazil.

William Gallas

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The French defender played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – so he clearly wasn’t bothered about the reception he would get from his former fans.

Gallas played at Chelsea from 2001 to 2006 and then joined Arsenal where he spent four seasons from 2006 to 2010.

The versatile defender won two Premier Leagues, a League Cup and Community Shield at Chelsea but did not win anything with the Gunners.

Olivier Giroud

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Giroud spent six seasons at the Emirates after arriving from Montpellier in the summer of 2012. From 253 games for the Gunners he scored 105 goals and laid on 41 assists.

The 35-year-old, who is closing in on Thierry Henry to become France’s all-time top scorer, moved to Chelsea in 2018 and spent three years at Stamford Bridge.

The French striker won three FA Cups and three Community Shields with Arsenal, and with Chelsea, he won one FA Cup, one Europa League and Champions League title.

The World Cup winner helped AC Milan win their first Scudetto in 11 years after joining the Rossoneri last summer.

Cesc Fabregas

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The Spanish midfield marvel began his professional career with Arsenal in 2003 and spent eight seasons at the club where he won a Community Shield and an FA Cup.

The La Masia academy graduate moved back to Barcelona and spent three trophy-laden years at the Nou Camp before being brought back to England by Mourinho, during the Portuguese’s second stint in charge of Chelsea.

The World Cup and European Championship winner spent five seasons at Stamford Bridge where he won the Premier League twice, one FA Cup and a League Cup.

At the age of 35, Fabregas is on the lookout for a new club following his contract expiring at Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Petr Cech

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One of the Premier League’s all time great goalkeepers played at Chelsea from 2004 to 2015 after arriving from French side Rennes.

The Czech Republic stopper played 494 matches for the Blues and won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, a Champions League and a Europa League title.

Cech joined Arsenal in 2015 and spent the last four seasons of his playing career at the Emirates where he won two Community Shields and an FA Cup title.

The 40-year-old currently works for the Blues as and advisor.

Ashley Cole

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Cole’s departure from Arsenal to Chelsea only added to the ever-growing heated rivalry between the two sides which was enhanced by the frosty relationship Mourinho and Wenger had with one and other.

The English left-back began his professional career with Arsenal in 1999 and remained with the Gunners until 2006 after which he joined Chelsea where he stayed for eight seasons.

At Arsenal, Cole won two Community Shields, three FA Cups and two Premier League titles. With Chelsea, Cole won a Premier League, four FA Cups, one League Cup, one Community Shield, one Europa League and a Champions League title.

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