Chelsea brush away Arsenal with 3-0 victory

Chelsea's Pernille Harder celebrates her goal against Arsenal.
Chelsea's Pernille Harder celebrates during the FA Women's Super League match against Arsenal at Kingsmeadow, London on February 10, 2021. (Photo by John Walton)

Arsenal made the short trip to Kingsmeadow in a top-of-the-table clash against Chelsea.

Emma Hayes’ side went into this fixture following their shock defeat to Brighton. The visitors were looking to end a run of poor results, including the 1-2 loss to Manchester City at the weekend.

How the teams lined up

Chelsea: Berger, Bright, Ingle, Leupolz, Ji, Kirby, Erikkson (c), Mjelde, Kerr, Harder, Andersson

Arsenal: Williams, Maritz, Williamson, Wubben-Moy, McCabe, Walti (c), Roord, Van De Donk, Evans, Miedema, Mead

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How it unfolded

From the very first moment of the game, Chelsea were firmly in control. The Blues had the majority of possession for the first period whilst Arsenal struggled to find their feet.

Arsenal seemed to grow into the game during the first period with Chelsea earning two yellow cards for Ji So-yun and Melanie Leupolz. The teams went in all square at the break with Chelsea having undoubtedly been the stronger of the two teams.

Just three minutes after the game got back under way, Pernille Harder fired the hosts into the lead with a shot from outside of the box. Fifteen minutes later, Harder doubled the hosts’ lead. Leupolz was forced to withdraw a few minutes later due to an injury. Sam Kerr came on to replace her.

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The game carried on Arsenal struggling to gain any meaningful possession. At times, the Gunners would fight their way up the pitch. Yet, they were always unable score.

In the final minute of regular time, Fran Kirby made it three for the home side. Kirby seemed to injure herself in the process and was forced to leave the pitch. This left Chelsea with ten players for the final moments of the game, but they managed to hold off Arsenal.

Player of the match

Pernille Harder was excellent almost from the opening whistle. Scoring a brace and defensively stepping up whenever her team needed her, she was an integral part of the home side and a pivotal player in the victory.