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10 players who have played for Chelsea and Arsenal:

Here are 10 players who played for both the clubs. There is a long list of players but we have picked the players who we believe were the most entertaining.

Lassana Diarra

Lassana Diarra is a French footballer who plays as a midfielder for the France national team and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Lassana began his professional career in Le Havre AC. After successful displays at the club Diarra was included in the France U21 national team where he was spotted by Chelsea scouts. In July 2005, Lassana signed a contract and joined Chelsea.

In the 2005/06 season, despite having insufficient game practice Diarra was awarded Chelsea Young Player of the Year. Later, Arsenal F.C. management was interested in his services, so he joined them on August 31, 2007, which cost 2 million pounds.

At the beginning of 2008, Lassana Diarra joined Portsmouth F.C. explaining he had left Arsenal due to insufficient game time. After he joined Portsmouth Lassana quickly became the main squad player. Successful and interesting performance by the French footballer drew the attention of Real Madrid C.F. management and in mid December of the same year they signed a contract and Diarra joined Real Madrid.

Diarra’s official transfer was announced on January 1, 2009. On November 26, 2011, Lassana Diarra played his hundredth match for Real Madrid. In 2012 Lassana joined the Russian side Anzhi in a deal worth 5 million euros. In August 2013 Diarra moved to another Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow.

Yossi Benayoun

Yosef Shai Benayoun is a midfielder born on 5 May 1980 in Dimona, Israel.

Yossi’s first club was Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Later the footballer moved to the Netherlands and joined the youth team of Ajax. 16-year-old Benayoun became a striker and the best player of the squad, but refused to sign a professional contract with the club, because his family decided to return to Israel.

At the age of 17, Yossi began to perform for the main team of Be’er Sheva, but he failed to prevent his club from being relegated to the second division. After that upset, the footballer transferred to Maccabi and amassed more than 50 goals for the new team during two seasons. One year later, Benayoun helped his club to clinch the title of the Israeli Premier League champion. The following season Yossi and Maccabi successfully repeated their achievement. The footballer managed to find the net 55 times in 130 games.

In 2005 the midfielder penned a four-year contract with West Ham United worth £2.5 million. On 13 August 2005, Benayoun made his debut for the new club in the match against Blackburn and helped his team to make its way through to the FA Cup finals.

In 2007 the Israeli player completed a move on a four-year deal to Liverpool. Yossi’s first appearance for ‘The Reds’ came in the Champions League match against Toulouse. Several days later, the footballer made his first Premier League appearance.

In the summer 2009, Benayoun extended his contract with Liverpool for two years. In the 2009/2010 season there were rumours about Yossi’s transfer to Dinamo Moscow.

On 2 July the following year, it became known London side Chelsea took an interest in the midfielder and wanted to seal a three-year deal worth £5.5 million with him.

Benayoun featured in eight games of the new club and kicked one goal in the away match against Wigan.

On 31 August 2011, the footballer was sent on loan to Arsenal till the end of the season. Yossi took part in 19 games (ten times as a starting squad player and nine times as a sub) and fired four goals.

One year later, Benayoun completed a move on a season-long loan to West Ham United.

In 2013 Yossi was released from the club. In December 2013 QPR offered Benayoun a contract till the end of 2013/2014 season and the Israeli helped Harry Redknapp;s club to seal promotion to Premier League. After that he signed a deal with Maccabi Haifa.

The footballer leads the Israel national team and chipped in 24 goals in 96 fixtures for his squad.

William Gallas

William Gallas is a French centre back of a Guadeloupe descent. He is an ex-player of the France national team. William was born in Asnières-sur-Seine, France.

Gallas was a trainee of the Clairefontaine youth academy. The first team the back played for was modest second division club SM Caen. In 1996 Caen managed to get promoted to Ligue 1 and William drew the attention of top French teams. In 1997 he transferred to Marseille, spent four seasons there and relatively advanced in popularity with his countrymen.

In 2001 Gallas was bought by London side Chelsea for about £6 million. The footballer chose the number 13 shirt, which is currently his number in Tottenham. Under the guidance of the head coach Claudio Ranieri, Gallas worked together with Marcel Desailly and later with John Terry. The main achievement of his partnership with Terry was a series of 16 games during one season, without conceding a single goal.

After José Mourinho succeeded Ranieri, Gallas still remained one of the pivots of the team. Playing for Chelsea, the back lifted the Community Shield, the Football League Cup and twice became the Premier League Champion. William and his team also made their way through to the 2004/2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final, but ‘The Blues’ were stopped by Liverpool. Besides, in 2004/2005 season the French back gained a lot of experience playing on the left flank of defense. That happened after Wayne Bridge got a serious trauma in one of the matches that season. Later William rather often came on the field as a full back.

In the summer of 2005 Chelsea bought left back Asier del Horno from Athletic Bilbao. Then it seemed Gallas should have returned at his centre back position, but he continued to share the left flank of defense with a rookie. William was very disappointed with the situation. That was the reason of a conflict with the management of ‘Blues’. The clash was the beginning of the end for the player’s Chelsea career.

After the 2006 World Cup, the French footballer decided not to go on the USA summer tour with Chelsea, explaining his refusal by amassed tiredness. Soon ‘The Blues’ bought Michael Ballack and gave him the number 13 shirt, which had belonged to William. It became clear that Gallas would not stay in the club for another season. On 1 September 2006, the French back became a part of a deal that brought Ashley Cole from Arsenal to Chelsea. That is how the player got to the Emirates.

William signed a four-year contract with the London side club and took the number 10 shirt, vacated by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp. Gallas made his debut for the new team on 9 September 2006 in the match against Middlesbrough, which ended in a 1-1 draw. By the way, he played at the position of a left back. On 23 September 2006, the footballer scored his first goal for ‘The Gunners’ in the match against Sheffield United.

After Thierry Henry had gone to Barcelona in 2007, William captained the team. He made his first appearance as a team leader in the match against Fulham F.C. on 12 August 2007. On 16 December 2007, the French footballer netted the spectacular winner in a 1-0 victory over his former club Chelsea. In August 2008 Arsenal management confirmed William stayed in the club as a captain for the 2008/2009 season.

In November 2008 the back gave interview to Associated Press, where he criticized his club. He doubted the moral spirit of Arsenal and said the young players did not correspond to the club’s status. After that, Gallas was excluded from the initial squad for the match against Manchester City, deprived of his captaincy and fined two weekly wages. Despite a lot of rumours about his leaving, William stayed in London for 2009/2010 and found the rivals’ net three times in first three matches. On 17 February 2010, the French back had his 100th match for ‘The Gunners’ and came on the pitch against Chelsea. After 2009/2010 Gallas’s contract expired and the parties failed to come to an agreement. That is why in August 2010 the French footballer signed a one-year contract with Spurs on a free transfer.

On 22 August 2010, the player officially moved to White Hart Lane. There was sort of additional sharpness in that transfer as Tottenham is the arch-rival of Arsenal. On 11 September 2010, Gallas made his debut for his new team in the match against West Bromwich, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The French back soon became one of Spurs’ pivots, playing in centre defense with Dawson, King or Kaboul. On 28 March 2011, William extended his contract with Tottenham till the summer 2013.

The beginning of 2011/2012 was darkened by a serious injury of the player and he managed to return on the pitch only by the end of October. That season he made 15 Premier League appearances for Spurs.

At the end of 2012/2013 season the 36-year old Gallas was released form Tottenham. Later on William was offered another contract with an Australian side Perth Glory.

William made his debut for the main France team in 2002. From 2002 till 2011, the footballer took part in 84 senior international matches. Gallas participated in the UEFA Euro 2004 and 2008 and the 2006 and 2010 World Cup for ‘Les Tricolores’. In 2004 he and his team made their way through to the semi-final, where the French footballers were stopped by the Greece national team. In 2006 Gallas played in the World Cup Final, but the Italy national squad ran out victorious that day. The last two championships were not successful for the national squad and the back did not manage to show his skills.

Emmanuel Petit

Playing for the France National Team, Petit earned 63 caps and scored 6 international goals in his career and won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2000. He scored twice in the 1998 World Cup, the first came from a powerful shot from just outside the box against Denmark, which turned out to be the match winner, and a second in the final against Brazil.  Petit was also part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad. Petit retired from international football in September 2003.

Petit married French actress Agathe de La Fontaine and made her his wife in 2000, but later divorced her in 2002 after having one child, Zoe. He now shares a life with Maria Servello, with whom he had another child, Violet, in 2007. He has often appeared on French TV as a football analyst.

The French footballer has an estimated net worth of $245 million. Petit is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between August 2015 and August 2016. He is of white ethnicity and of French nationality. He is currently of age 46.

Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Sébastien Anelka is a French striker, born on March 14, 1979 in Le Chesnay, France.

The footballer started out at Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy, aged 16. Soon he switched to Arsenal. Once established he was a regular for the club and bagged 23 goals in 65 games for the Gunners. His classy finishing attracted the attention of the Spanish giants Real Madrid. In 1999 Los Blancos completed the signing of the player. Despite his brilliant start, Anelka failed to impress his new manager and subsequently was plonked on the bench. In the year of 2000 the striker returned to PSG for a fee of £20m. But the row with his coach forced him to move on loan to Liverpool. He helped his team finish runners-up in the Premier League, netting goals against Everton, Fulham, Blackburn and Ipswich. However, the then Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier decided against signing him on a permanent basis.

On May 24, 2002 Anelka was transferred to Manchester City. During his stay at the Etihad Stadium the nomadic striker scored 37 goals in 89 appearances. In January 2005 the French international moved over the border to Turkey, where he penned a contract with Fenerbahçe. A year later Nicolas returned to the Premier League for the third time in his life as he committed his future to Bolton Wanderers. In the 2006/2007 campaign Anelka was the leading scorer among his teammates, finding the net 11 times. In 2008 Chelsea paid £15m to the Wanderers to secure the services of the player.

After 4 successful seasons with the Blues, Anelka decided to join Shanghai Shenhua where he soon teamed up with his former Chelsea colleague Didier Drogba. In 2013 Nicolas joined Italian champions Juventus on loan terms.

In the summer 2013 Nicolas completed a one-year deal with West Bromwich Albion. However, in the winter 2013/2014 Anelka was trialled for performing an allegedly anti-Semitic gesture ‘la quenelle’ after celebrating a Premier League goal and was released from West Bromwich.

From 1998 to 2010 Nicolas was a consistent performer for the France national team.

Petr Cech

Petr Čech was born on 20 May 1982 in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia and plays for the Czech Republic national team and Chelsea F.C. as a goalkeeper.

Čech started playing football for the Viktoria Plzeň youth team as a halfback. At the age of 10 Petr got the leg fracture, which influenced his decision to move to the goalkeeper position.

In 1999, when he was 17, Petr Čech made his first professional appearance for FK Chmel Blšany. Petr also played for Sparta Prague, Stade Rennes and in January 2004 joined Chelsea F.C.

Čech didn’t become the number one goalkeeper of Chelsea at once as Carlo Cudicini was playing for the club at that time. Cudicini was considered the best Premier League goalkeeper, but after a number of Carlo’s serious mistakes Petr had understudied him. In 2005 Čech had a run of 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal and broke the record of legendary Peter Schmeichel.

Petr’s goalkeeper career was under threat after a depressed skull fracture, but he managed to overcome it, returned to his team before the term set by doctors and continued to show perfect results. In order to avoid further traumas Čech wears a special headguard – the peculiarity that bound him with a ‘Tankman’ nickname.

Nowadays Petr Čech is one of the top goalkeepers in the modern football. Petr has a whole store of honours, including 27 personal awards, 10 club trophies for Chelsea and 1 national prize for the Chech Republic football team.

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fàbregas was born on May 4, 1987, in Arenys de Mar, Spain. A talented midfielder, he became the youngest player to appear for the Arsenal soccer club as well as a Spanish World Cup team. Fàbregas spent nine seasons with Arsenal before transferring to FC Barcelona, and served as a key member of the Spanish teams that won Euro 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.
Professional soccer player Francesc “Cesc” Fàbregas Soler was born on May 4, 1987, in the Spanish port town of Arenys de Mar. Fàbregas came from a modest background. His mother, Nuria, worked as a caterer for a time, while his father, Francesc Fàbregas Sr., kept his family fed by laboring as a construction worker.
Soccer was also a large part of his father’s life; Francesc Sr. continued to play soccer even after his son was born, and when it came time for young Fàbregas to take the field, it was his dad who served as his first coach.From an early age, Fàbregas demonstrated the mental toughness and dedication to the game that set him apart as a true professional.
At the age of 8, with dreams of playing professionally very much on his mind, Fàbregas was already training hard and becoming careful about his diet, opting for fish and vegetables over fast food. At age 10, he joined soccer club FC Barcelona’s youth academy, a renowned training ground for some of the sport’s most promising young players.In the summer of 2003, Fàbregas showcased his impressive talent in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, where the playmaker led Spain to a second-place finish, captured the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and received the Golden Boot award for becoming the tournament’s top scorer.
Just a few months later, Fàbregas signed his first professional contract, with the Premier League club Arsenal. For Fàbregas, the decision to leave home and jump to England was a big one. But Arsenal, a club that cultivated a reputation for developing young players under the direction of manager Arsene Wenger, was more than willing to work with the midfielder and lessen the chance for any homesickness.He moved into a home in Barnet, Hertfordshire, that was run by a woman who looked after some of Arsenal’s younger players. There, Fàbregas lived a fairly simple life, with days dominated by practice time and English lessons. “I had a stereo, some clothes, a computer, a tiny television, which was hooked up to my PlayStation,” he later recalled. “I’d think about my friends back home, who were out clubbing and having a good time and there I was, all by myself, in front of the computer, wondering what the hell I was doing. It was tough, but it was a choice I made.”
It wasn’t long before Fàbregas saw the benefits of his social sacrifices. In October 2003, the midfielder made his debut with Arsenal, giving him the distinction of becoming the youngest player ever to step onto the field for the club. That same year, he helped Arsenal take home the Premier League championship. In 2005, with Fàbregas getting more playing time, Arsenal repeated its 2003 title turn and finished as the Premier League’s top team.Fàbregas won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award in 2008, and later that year he was named captain of the Arsenal squad. But despite his standing with the club that groomed him to become a star, the lure of playing in his home country proved too powerful to ignore, and Fàbregas returned to FC Barcelona in August 2011 for a transfer fee of approximately $56 million. Fàbregas enjoyed immediate success with the powerful Barcelona team, which won the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and Copa Del Rey in his first season.
In addition to his club successes, Fàbregas has starred for his country’s national team. The youngest player to appear in a World Cup game for Spain, Fàbregas distinguished himself on soccer’s biggest stage in 2006, when he came off the bench to spark a comeback win over Tunisia and vault his countrymen into the knockout stage. His performance drew praise from former Argentina captain Diego Maradona, who told a Spanish television station that “Cesc gave Spain the final ball that it was lacking in the first half.”Although Spain fell short of the ultimate prize in that year’s tournament, they soon proved indomitable in world play. In Euro 2008, Fàbregas netted the deciding penalty kick in a quarter-final win over Italy, a key moment in Spain’s march to the title. In 2010, Fàbregas provided the assist for the lone goal scored in Spain’s World Cup final victory over the Netherlands. Two years later, history repeated itself as Fàbregas again nailed a deciding penalty kick, this time in a semifinal victory over Portugal, to help Spain claim Euro 2012 and become the first team to win three consecutive international competitions.

Ashley Cole

Star English defender who joined Chelsea in 2006 and began his long career with the English national team in 2001. He was named the England Player of the Year in 2010. He began playing professional soccer at the age of 18 for Arsenal. He led Arsenal to Premier League titles in 2002 and 2004. He signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in 2016. He was formerly married to English pop star Cheryl Cole before the couple split due to infidelity. He and Wayne Rooney became two of the leaders of the English national team in the mid-2000s.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud is a striker of English side Arsenal. He used to play for French side Montpellier, Grenoble, Istres and Tours. Olivier is also a player of the French national team. In 2010 he was voted the Ligue 2 Player of the Year, in 2011/2012 Giroud became the Top Goalscorer of Ligue 1 and picked up the golden medal of Ligue 1 with Montpellier. He was born on 30 September 1986 in Chambéry, France.

Grenoble was the first professional club in Olivier’s career. On 24 March 2006, he made his debut for the team in the away match in Ligue 2. On 26 February 2007, Giroud scored his first Ligue 2 goal. Olivier was sent on a one-year loan to Ligue 3 club Istres before 2007/2008 season.

According to the results of 2007/2008 season, Grenoble was promoted to Ligue 1, but Olivier was sold to Tours in August 2008, where he continued to perform in Ligue 2. The striker spent two seasons in the club and became the Player of the Year of Ligue 2 in 2009/2010. In the summer 2010 Olivier transferred to Montpellier.

On 29 July 2010, Giroud made his debut for the new team and netted a goal in the 32nd minute, which helped the club to win the game. On 8 August 2010, Olivier made his Ligue 1 debut in a win over Bordeaux. On 28 August 2010, he contributed his first Ligue 1 goal.

In 2011/2012 the striker made a double and two hat tricks in 14 games. On 26 June 2012, Giroud transferred to London side Arsenal for about £12 million and signed a long-term contract. On 3 November 2011, the head coach of the France national time invited the striker to take part in friendly matches against Belgium and the USA.

Graham Rix

One of the English game’s best crossers of a ball, Arsenal’s dynamic winger Graham Rix was a rare success story at international level for the underachieving Gunners side of the late 70s and early 80s, although a dearth of out-and-out wingers of consistency did help his cause for his country. A teenage star, Rix was tipped to reach the very top of the game as he settled into the Arsenal team and could easily have been called up by the time he was 20, with a number of superlative performances forcing many a keen eye in his direction. Ron Greenwood, however, plumped for Peter Barnes and Laurie Cunningham as he tried to mould an attacking force based on sheer pace down the flanks, and although both were outstanding players, moves to West Bromwich Albion and Real Madrid respectively seemed to nullify their effect thanks to less kind tactical policy within those clubs, and as such their form suffered. Greenwood tried to tuck in his midfield during the 1980 European Championship finals but it didn’t work, and the need for some real width was too great to resist once he re-stocked his resources after the finals and started to look to the World Cup in 1982.

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