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WSL: Chelsea Women 0-5 Arsenal Women

Jordan Nobbs
Jordan Nobbs' brace doubled her goal tally for Arsenal this season

Arsenal maintained their 100% start to the Women's Super League season with a stunning away win over Chelsea.

It was the reigning champions' first WSL defeat since May 2017 - and first at home since July 2016.

Kim Little put Arsenal ahead from the spot after Emma Mitchell was fouled and Vivianne Miedema slotted in the second.

Jordan Nobbs' cross flew over Carly Telford to increase the lead and her first-time finish rounded things off after Miedema had netted her second.

The closest Chelsea came to a goal was when Ramona Bachmann's ball into the box rebounded off the angle of post and bar in the first half.

And not even the prolific England striker Fran Kirby could find a way past impressive Arsenal keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

She kept out a 25-yard free-kick by Ji So-Yun and saved well from Bachmann in the early moments of the second half, with Drew Spence unable to force the loose ball home and reduce the deficit to 2-1.

Had she done so, Chelsea may have been able to take something from the game, but after Nobbs' fortunate first, Beth Mead provided assists for two more as Arsenal took their goal tally to 33 in all competitions so far this season - nine of them by Miedema.

Chelsea reflect on defeat
Chelsea will now look to regroup before Wednesday's Champions League game against Fiorentina

Arsenal goalscorer Jordan Nobbs:

"I don't want to get too ahead of ourselves. I think we've been performing in every single game and it's no coincidence that we played well after our last few performances.

"It's not easy coming to Chelsea and playing against top players so I think it's credit to every single individual out there because they put in a shift and the quality of our finishing was brilliant again.

"Naturally it's a big statement but I think [we] know how quickly the league can change and how quickly points can be dropped in games. It's great for our confidence and our belief but we still need to take every game as it comes because we have got a lot of tough challenges ahead."

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes:

"I thought we were dominant up until the (opening) goal, but at this level you have got to take the first one.

"I've had more good days in football than bad. As far as I'm concerned this is a part of the journey.

"We have to sit here and say that our team had gone 25 games unbeaten - we haven't been beaten for a long time in that regard."

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 28Telford
  • 7CarterSubstituted forBlundellat 73'minutes
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 20AnderssonSubstituted forRileyat 59'minutes
  • 10Ji
  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 24SpenceBooked at 63mins
  • 23Bachmann
  • 14Kirby
  • 17EngmanSubstituted forCuthbertat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 5Ingle
  • 8Carney
  • 11Riley
  • 15England
  • 22Cuthbert

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17Evans
  • 6Williamson
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 3Mitchell
  • 10LittleSubstituted forMcCabeat 65'minutes
  • 19Wälti
  • 7van de Donk
  • 8Nobbs
  • 23MeadSubstituted forSamuelssonat 86'minutes
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 15McCabe
  • 16Quinn
  • 24Kuyken
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
2,020

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea FC Women 0, Arsenal Women 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea FC Women 0, Arsenal Women 5.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Dominique Bloodworth.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Beth Mead.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Hannah Blundell replaces Jessica Carter.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Beth Mead tries a through ball, but Vivianne Miedema is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Jessica Carter (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea FC Women. Carly Telford tries a through ball, but Ramona Bachmann is caught offside.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea FC Women 0, Arsenal Women 5. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Beth Mead following a fast break.

  16. Post update

    Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women).

  20. Post update

    Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women44002131812
2B'ham City Women540163312
3Man City Women53201651111
4Reading Women42115147
5Chelsea Women513125-36
6Liverpool Women420237-46
7Bristol City Women41213305
8West Ham Women4112612-64
9Everton Women402238-52
10Brighton Women501438-51
11Yeovil United4004215-130
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