Four players to score a Premier League hat-trick at Chelsea
Stamford Bridge has witnessed remarkable moments in Premier League history
Stamford Bridge, the historic home of Chelsea Football Club, has witnessed remarkable moments in Premier League history, including standout performances from opposing players who managed to achieve the elusive feat of scoring a hat-trick against the Blues.
In this article, we’ll delve into the exploits of four players who etched their names in the records with unforgettable hat-tricks at Chelsea’s fortress.
Nwankwo Kanu (1999)
Nwankwo Kanu’s historic night in 1999 saw the Arsenal legend achieve a memorable hat-trick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Nigerian maestro achieved a historic hat-trick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, transforming a 2-0 deficit into a thrilling 3-2 victory for Arsenal. Despite facing initial skepticism due to a knee injury, Kanu’s inclusion in the starting lineup proved to be a masterstroke by manager Arsène Wenger.
Kanu’s first goal, in the 75th minute, showcased his clinical finishing as he capitalized on a loose pass from Chelsea’s Frank Leboeuf. The equalizer, just eight minutes later, was even more impressive, with Kanu turning away from two defenders before unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner. The crowning moment occurred in the 90th minute when Kanu completed his hat-trick with a goal considered one of the greatest in Premier League history. Dribbling past three Chelsea defenders, he rounded the goalkeeper and calmly slotted the ball into the empty net.
Kanu was amazing on the field, and his hard work led to big wins – two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and the Community Shield with the club.
For his outstanding performance, he was named African Footballer of the Year in 1999. In the 1999–2000 season, he scored 17 goals in 50 matches for the Gunners.
Robin Van Persie (2011)
Robin Van Persie will always remember October 29 as the day he helped the Gunners win a fantastic away game against Chelsea.
In a memorable clash against Chelsea in 2011, Robin Van Persie, Arsenal’s iconic striker and captain, delivered a sensational hat-trick. This wasn’t just about scoring goals; it was a masterclass in football leadership and skill.
The match ended in a thrilling 5-3 victory for Arsenal, with Van Persie at the forefront of the action.
The Dutchman’s exceptional performance showcased his commitment to the team’s success. Before this memorable win, Arsenal had faced adversity, notably an 8-2 defeat to Manchester United. Van Persie’s response to such setbacks was crucial, and his hat-trick against Chelsea became a symbol of resurgence.
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Sergio Aguero (2016)
On April 16 2016, Manchester City‘s legendary striker, Sergio Aguero, delivered a stunning performance at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Aguero showcased his goal-scoring prowess, completing a menacing hat-trick in a dominant 3-0 victory for the Cityzens.
Aguero missed an easy chance at the beginning, but that didn’t stop him. In the 13th minute, he scored a fantastic goal. Just six minutes later, he scored again after Chelsea struggled in their own box.
In the 25th minute, Gundogan found the goal, and suddenly, City was winning 4-0 in just 25 minutes.
Matheus Cunha (2024)
Matheus Cunha secured a memorable hat-trick against Chelsea on February 4, 2024, leading his team, Wolverhampton Wanderers, to a remarkable 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. This achievement marked him as only the fourth visiting player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Chelsea, joining the ranks of Nwankwo Kanu (1999), Robin van Persie (2011), and Sergio Aguero (2016).
Cunha exhibited an outstanding all-around performance, showcasing his skills and intelligence on the pitch. His goals included a well-taken penalty, highlighting not only his goal-scoring prowess but also his ability to win crucial opportunities for his team. Playing alongside Pablo Sarabia and Pedro Neto in a dynamic front three, Cunha’s goals were a mix of skill and determination.
His remarkable hat-trick added another exciting chapter to the history of visiting players achieving extraordinary feats at Chelsea’s iconic home turf.
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