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Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: Where are the players from Wenger’s 1,000th-game humiliation?

By Mohamed Moallim

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal where are the two sets of players now?

Published: 14:04, 22 March 2019

It’s fair to say that the last ten years of his career could have been kinder to Arsene Wenger, whose iron grip on Arsenal slowly loosened season by season.

That said, there was silverware. Three FA Cups across the last bundle of seasons is not too shabby. Then again, the many humiliating losses are not forgotten.

One that stands out came on March 22, 2014, the occasion of Wenger’s 1,000th Premier League match in charge. The game took place at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea with nemesis Jose Mourinho in the opposite dugout.

Two seasons prior, Arsenal were humbled 8-2 away to Manchester United. Against Chelsea, they would suffer the heaviest league against their west London rivals, who scored six without reply.

Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard, Oscar (twice) and Mohamed Salah all got in on the act. Kieran Gibbs was infamously sent off by Andre Marriner, who mistook him for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the current Liverpool midfielder deliberately handled inside the penalty area.

And so, with so much having happened at both clubs since, the question is where are both those line-ups (and subs) now?

Chelsea

Petr Čech

Age: 36
Chelsea appearances: 494
Current Club: Arsenal

It was not entirely a quiet afternoon for the Czech goalkeeper, who dealt with 11 shots on his goal, five of which were on target. Nonetheless, he recorded yet another Premier League clean sheet and would add many more. Number 200 – Cech is the first ‘keeper to achieve this milestone since the league’s inception – came against Watford while representing Arsenal, whom he joined in 2015 after 11 illustrious seasons with The Blues. He will retire at the end of this season.

Branislav Ivanović

Age: 35
Chelsea appearances: 377
Current Club: Zenit St. Petersburg

Ivanović joined Chelsea as a promising centre-back but he’d ultimately be converted into a reliable right-back.

His heart-on-sleeve performances earned him cult status among the Stamford Bridge faithful, who bid him farewell in early 2017 after nine years of impeccable service. The Serbian has made 82 appearances and counting for Zenit.

Gary Cahill

Age: 33
Chelsea appearances: 289
Current Club: Chelsea

Signed from Bolton Wanderers midway through their European Cup-winning campaign of 2011/12, the Dronfield-born defender went from being a mainstay to the leader of the pack following John Terry’s departure, but like Luiz, there’s a question mark hanging over his long-term future in west London, with play time limited this season and his contract also ending this summer.

John Terry

Cahill Terry Azpilicueta Ivanovic Chelsea

Age: 38
Chelsea appearances: 696
Current Club: Retired

A club legend and a rare success story regarding the club’s reputed academy. Terry gave the majority of his playing career to Chelsea, the club who nurtured and developed him, which has seen the Londoner lift the Premier League title on no fewer than five occasions.

After deciding to end a 22-year association with his boyhood club, he chose to remain in England, opting for Aston Villa whom he tried to help in their quest to regain top division status. Villa lost in the play-off final against Fulham last season and Terry retired from the game shortly after. He is now the club’s assistant manager.

César Azpilicueta

Age: 29
Chelsea appearances: 324
Current Club: Chelsea

Azpilicueta was two seasons into his Chelsea career when this rout occurred. The versatile defender, who is capable of playing across the backline has proven to be a real success at the club. On top of that, he’s a consistent performer who in the absence of Gary Cahill has taken on the club’s armband.

David Luiz

Age: 31
Chelsea appearances: 236
Current Club: Chelsea

It’s been a tale of two careers at Chelsea for the Brazilian central defender. During his first stint (2011-2014), which includes this game, Luiz became renowned for his eccentricity and unpredictably, which often got him into trouble.

He’d return from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, subsequently becoming an ever-reliable presence in the Blues’ defence, although, with his contract currently expiring at the end of the season, Luiz could be on his way to a second Stamford Bridge exit.

Nemanja Matić

Age: 30
Chelsea appearances: 154
Current Club: Manchester United

A similar story to Luiz, who interestingly joined Chelsea with Matic going the other way to Benfica, the Serbian midfielder’s second spell at Stamford Bridge (which began in January 2014) was more eventual than his limited first (2009-2011).

Quietly establishing himself as the defensive fulcrum of the side, he’d soon be lauded among the best defensive midfielders around, but the Šabac-born forward would soon say goodbye, reuniting with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

André Schürrle

Age: 28
Chelsea appearances: 65
Current Club: Fulham (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)

His transfer from Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2013 was seen as a coup but the German international never really settled. Despite showing glimpses of early promise, including in the 6-0 victory over Arsenal, he would ultimately return home in early 2015 by joining VfL Wolfsburg. A move to Dortmund followed but limited chances saw him tackle the Premier League once again, this time with struggling Fulham.

Oscar

Oscar in Chelsea training

Age: 27
Chelsea appearances: 203
Current Club: Shanghai SIPG

The highly promising playmaker made a stunning first impression after joining from Brazilian outfit Internacional in the summer of 2012. He’d bag a brace against Arsenal enhancing his reputation as one of the best number 10s in the Premier League, though Oscar would remain for two and a half more seasons before journeying to China where he continues to play.

Eden Hazard

Age: 28
Chelsea appearances: 339
Current Club: Chelsea

A wanted man in the summer of 2012, the Belgian forward who had suitors across Europe, following another incredible season at Lille, eventually signed for Chelsea who had just recently become European champions. They’ve not come close since, but that hasn’t stopped Hazard from growing increasingly into one of world football’s most dangerous players, and the native of La Louvière has well over 200 Premier League appearances for The Blues. However, a move to Real Madrid this summer is a real possibility.

Samuel Eto’o

Age: 38
Chelsea appearances: 35
Current Club: Qatar SC

The much-travelled Cameronian marksman opened the scoring against Arsenal after five minutes but his stay at Stamford Bridge was limited to one season. Though he did leave having managed nine goals across 21 league outings, which included a hat-trick against Manchester United, a feat that had only been previously managed three times in the Premier League era. He is now playing for Qatar SC.

Substitutes:

John Mikel Obi

Age: 31
Chelsea appearances: 372
Current Club: Middlesbrough

By the time Mikel left Chelsea, he was one of their longest-serving players and respected member of the squad. Initially arriving as a playmaker, after signing for Manchester United before that contract became null and void, the Nigerian international was soon converted into a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho, a role he made his own throughout his decade at Stamford Bridge. Currently playing for Tony Pulis in the Championship with Middlesbrough.

Fernando Torres

Age: 35
Chelsea appearances: 172
Current Club: Sagan Tosu

A record signing when he controversially swapped Liverpool for Chelsea in January 2011, the Spaniard never really hit the heights of his Anfield days but had his moments (notably his goal at the Camp Nou as Chelsea rolled into the 2012 European Cup final). A move back to Atletico Madrid followed before heading east to play for Japanese outfit Sagan Tosu.

Mohamed Salah

Chelsea Mohamed Salah

Age: 26
Chelsea appearances: 19
Current Club: Liverpool

Liverpool and Chelsea battled for the Egyptian forward’s signature before he decided to take his talents from FC Basel to west London. It never worked out, though he did bag a rare goal in the 6-0 mauling of Arsenal, and limited playing time saw Salah join Fiorentina on loan before signing permanently with Roma. He’s now back in England, after the Reds finally got their man, and is considered one of the most talented attacking players on the planet.

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczęsny

Age: 28
Arsenal appearances: 181
Current Club: Juventus

For a while, it seemed Szczęsny, who endured a painful afternoon at Stamford Bridge, was going to be Arsenal’s long-term option between the sticks however manager Arsene Wenger had other ideas by signing Cech from their west London rivals.

He spent two seasons on loan at Serie A outfit Roma before joining Italian powerhouse Juventus permanently where he still plays today.

Bacary Sagna

Age: 36
Arsenal appearances: 285
Current Club: Montreal Impact

One of the first names on Wenger’s team sheet, before swapping Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer of 2014, the French right-back would play over 200 leagues games for the Gunners and after plying his trade in Serie A with lowly Benevento, he now plays for MLS side Montreal Impact.

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker Laurent Koscielny once formed Arsenal's CB partnership

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny once formed Arsenal’s CB partnership

Age: 34
Arsenal appearances: 221
Current Club: Retired

Finished his playing career at the end of last season, the ‘big friendly German’ assumed leadership of Arsenal’s youth academy.

A spate of injuries denied Mertesacker, who was officially the Gunners’ captain, regular playing time though he memorably put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2017 FA Cup final.

Laurent Koscielny

Age: 32
Arsenal appearances: 343
Current Club: Arsenal

A talented and often reliable centre-back, Koscielny has predominantly produced for Arsenal and, for a while, the Frenchman was considered among the Premier League’s best central defenders. No longer at the peak of his powers Koscielny, nevertheless, remains committed to the Gunners cause.

Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal

Age: 29
Arsenal appearances: 229
Current Club: West Brom

Another who suffered because of injuries. Seen by many as Ashley Cole’s natural successor when he broke through into Wenger’s first team it’s fair to say Gibbs hasn’t lived up to his potential. No longer guaranteed regular playing time Gibbs, who came through the club’s esteemed academy, relocated to West Brom but couldn’t help the Baggies avoid relegation last season.

Tomáš Rosický

Age: 38
Arsenal appearances: 248
Current Club: Retired

The story of Rosický at Arsenal is one of what could have been. His appearance in the mauling at Stamford Bridge was one of 27 he made in the league that season, second most across a single campaign since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, but going forward the Czech midfielder was rarely seen before he departed for boyhood club Sparta Prague whom he retired at in 2017.

Mikel Arteta

Cazorla and Arteta in Arsenal training

Age: 36
Arsenal appearances: 150
Current Club: Retired

A pattern is emerging. Arteta would play for two more seasons after the 2013/14 campaign. Injuries, that word again, ultimately forced him to hang up his boots. Since then he’s gone into coaching and today can be found alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City working as his assistant.

Santi Cazorla

Age: 34
Arsenal appearances: 180
Current Club: Villarreal

Sidelined with a serious heel injury, which saw him undergo eight rounds of surgery on his Achilles, the Spanish midfielder – who fast became integral to Wenger’s side – is now back in Spain playing for Villarreal after an Arsenal career that could have been so much more.

Lukas Podolski

Age: 33
Arsenal appearances: 82
Current Club: Vissel Kobe

Another who arrived to a big fanfare, the German international struggled to hold down a starting berth under Wenger who often fielded him across the forward line. The 130-time capped German international would move on to Galatasaray, after three seasons with Arsenal, before settling in Japan with Vissel Kobe.

Olivier Giroud

Age: 32
Arsenal appearances: 253
Current Club: Chelsea

So often maligned the French striker had to wait, after proving his doubters wrong, before receiving the warmth of appreciation from Arsenal supporters. In the end, despite exceeding 100 goals for the club, he’d cross the London divide and join Chelsea in early 2018 where he’s failed to produce the goals in a regular fashion. Still, he is now a World Cup winner.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Age: 25
Arsenal appearances: 198
Current Club: Liverpool

In the end, a lack of guaranteed playing time in his prefered position saw the Ox, who nearly amassed a double century of appearances with Arsenal, swap north London for Merseyside where he enjoyed his first season under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool before injury struck at the end of the campaign. Has missed all of this season to date.

Substitutes

Thomas Vermaelen

Age: 33
Arsenal appearances: 150
Current Club: Barcelona

It started promising, and Vermaelen was even handed the captain’s armband, but he was another to be struck with the injury bug which led to Wenger cutting ties with the Belgian centre-back who has struggled with injuries and game time at Barcelona.

Carl Jenkinson

Age: 27
Arsenal appearances: 69
Current Club: Arsenal

Bursting onto the scene full of promise, it just never happened for Jenkinson. Another youth product whose future most likely lies away from the club he’s always supported.

Mathieu Flamini

Age: 35
Arsenal appearances: 246
Current Club: Getafe

Before (you guessed it) the injuries piled up the French midfielder was destined to attain greatness. But he never quite reached what so many envisaged. Instead, a modest career would subsequently follow, he’d leave Arsenal before returning and is now enjoying what La Liga has to offer.