Facing Kanu’s Arsenal was most difficult Chelsea moment – Babayaro

Ex-Super Eagles defender, Celestine Babayaro, has singled out the historic 3-3 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League back in 1999 as most difficult Chelsea game.

Babayaro, 40, played for the Blues between 1997 and 2005, clinching the UEFA Cup and FA Cup.

In one of his games, compatriot, Nwankwo Kanu produced a substitute masterclass, scoring a hattrick to force a stalemate at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had led two-nil before his introduction.

“They were all difficult games in the Premier League but it was especially a big game if I was going to play against my mate Kanu at Arsenal,” the Atlanta 1996 Gold medalist told Chelsea official website on Monday.

“I did not want to lose and I was gutted when he scored the three goals against us at Stamford Bridge! We were 2-0 up and I thought we had won and suddenly he was doing these tricks against us that I had never seen before.”

Babayaro moved to Newcastle from the Blues and began his career in Belgium yet claims his time in London was the best.

“I would not change anything at all,” he said. “I enjoyed my time at Chelsea and I am no.1 Chelsea fan. I honestly do not miss any game. Even if I am not there live I am watching on telly.

“At Stamford Bridge, the fans were always amazing, and whenever they saw you on the Fulham Road or King’s Road they would grab autographs and take pictures. I can remember going to play at Manchester United and that was a game I always looked forward to playing in.”

Babayaro racked up over century appearances for Chelsea, scoring five times.

He was capped 27 times by Nigeria.