Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 3, Arsenal Women 2.
Chelsea Ladies 3-2 Arsenal Women
Chelsea Ladies won an entertaining WSL 1 London derby against Arsenal Women thanks to a late own goal from Gunners goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.
Arsenal had twice come from behind to level before van Veenendaal spilled Jonna Andersson's shot into the net.
Maren Mjelde prodded in to give Chelsea a first-half lead, but Vivianne Miedema equalised shortly after the break.
Chelsea's Ji So-yun and Dominique Janssen exchanged scrappy strikes before van Veenendaal's error won it.
In a game of numerous chances and poor defending, Dutch keeper van Veenendaal and opposite number Hedvig Lindahl had made several fine saves to keep the scoring down.
It was also a match littered with scrappy close-range goals, with four of the five creeping over the line.
The victory maintains Chelsea's unbeaten start in WSL 1, with the team having won six of their opening seven games, while the defeat was Arsenal's first in four fixtures.
The Blues remain second in the table, after leaders Manchester City beat Reading 5-2 away later on Sunday.
Chelsea captain Katie Chapman:
"What with the conditions and it being a derby game, it was always going to be an end-to-end game
"At the end of the day we got three points and that is what matters. None of the goals were good goals, they were all scrappy, but we will take it.
"We know our performance wasn't good enough today, but we ground out the win. Winning gives you a boost, it was important to get that today, no matter how scrappy it was."
Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs:
"There are a lot of disappointed faces in the dressing room, but disappointed in a good way because we felt we deserved more from the game today.
"I think we put on a great performance but playing a top team like Chelsea, they have great counter-attacking ability and that's where they've scored their goals today.
"Sari had a great game and made some great saves, both keepers were great today and that shows the type of football we want to play, getting lots of shots and goals. I'm sure it was a good one to watch but we are disappointed with the result."
- 7DavisonSubstituted forAnderssonat 62'minutes
- 10JiSubstituted forSpenceat 88'minutes
- 23BachmannSubstituted forCuthbertat 87'minutes
- 1van Veenendaal
- 18EvansSubstituted forQuinnat 90+1'minutes
- 19RoseSubstituted forJamesat 88'minutes
- 21van de Donk
- 23MeadSubstituted forMcCabeat 87'minutes
- Adrian Quelch
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 3, Arsenal Women 2.
Hand ball by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women).
Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Women).
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Louise Quinn replaces Lisa Evans.
Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).
Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Drew Spence replaces Ji So-Yun.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Lauren James replaces Jemma Rose.
Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Erin Cuthbert replaces Ramona Bachmann.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Katie McCabe replaces Beth Mead.
Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jemma Rose (Arsenal Women).
Own Goal by Sari van Veenendaal, Arsenal Women. Chelsea Ladies 3, Arsenal Women 2.
Jonna Andersson (Chelsea Ladies) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Hannah Blundell with a cross.
Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies).
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies).
Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).
Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies).
Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies).
Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women).
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.
Attempt saved. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.
Attempt saved. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies) because of an injury.
Delay in match Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) because of an injury.