Connect in the back of the net

This week’s football puzzle sees London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in our popular crossword face-off. So if you think you know your Lampards and your Limpars, come with us on another puzzle adventure!


Clues Across

7 _ Shipperley, Chelsea Young Player of the Year in 1993 (4)

8 Which Chelsea defender was infamously bitten by Luis Suarez in 2013? (8)

9 Arsenal’s record goalscorer until Thierry Henry (6)

10 Which Gunner was nicknamed ‘Safe Hands’? (6)

11 A homegrown Red who so nearly became a Blue – twice (7)

13 Mark, Stoke striker who moved to Chelsea in the 1990s (5)

16 Super League country – Drogba and Anelka both left Chelsea to play here (5)

17 Demba Ba’s national team (7)

19 _ Makelele, definitive defensive midfielder with the Blues, formerly (6)

21 Nickname of the manager who prised RVP away from Arsenal (6)

23 Talented Belgian – the main reason behind 1 Down’s cross-London move (8)

24 John Jensen or Nicklas Bendtner, for example (4)


Clues Down

1 Arsenal’s big bit of business from the Bridge (4,4)

2 Mr Luzhny, former Ukraine defender with Arsenal (4)

3 French forward whose sole goal at Old Trafford in May 2002 won Arsenal the title (7)

4 _ 9, Wenger gave van Persie this deeper forward role (5)

5 Late Highbury favourite known as ‘Rocky’ who also had a spell at Chelsea (8)

6 Defender Paul Elliott played for this Italian club in the 1980s (4)

12 Chelsea manager for a brief period during the mid-1970s (3,5)

14 Zola, Vialli, Cudicini, etc (8)

15 Arsenal legend Pat Rice’s city of birth (7)

18 An Argentine midfield flop at Old Trafford and then Stamford Bridge (5)

20 After missing out on 11 across, Mourinho signed Essien from this French club (4)

22 Nickname of the club whose title hopes were shattered by a dramatic late Michael Thomas goal in 1989 (4)


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