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Summary

  1. Chelsea go three points clear at the top
  2. Losada own goal puts Chelsea ahead
  3. Davison's second-half penalty makes it 2-0
  4. Nobbs hits post for Arsenal in stoppage-time

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Blues for the title?

FT: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Gemma Davison
The FA

With other results going their way earlier today, it really has been a great night for Chelsea.

The Women's FA Cup winners are now clear favourites to win the league title this season for the first time in their history.

They've deservedly beaten rivals Arsenal 2-0 tonight. Thanks for joining us. We'll see you soon.

FT: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes tells BT Sport:

"When you consider how many chances we had, I was disappointed it was only 1-0 at half-time.

"We should have ended the game sooner, but I'm pleased with the result."

FT: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

So, Chelsea are top of the league with a three-point cushion. Is today going to prove to be a pivotal day in the title race?

They are also now five points ahead of Arsenal, who were not themselves tonight.

FULL-TIME

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

The whistle goes and Chelsea are convincing winners. It finishes 2-0 and Arsenal were definitely second best.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Arsenal are a whisker away from a consolation goal but Jordan Nobbs hits the post. Hedvig Lindahl actually got a slight touch to that, so it will go down as a shot on target - potentially Arsenal's only one of the night.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Arsenal almost have a rare chance but Natalia can't quite get a shot on goal. As the ball comes in from the right, Hedvig Lindahl comes out quickly and helps it out for a corner.

Arsenal can't muster anything from the resulting set-piece.

We are playing four minutes of injury time, by the way.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

One player who has been quiet but very, very effective as always for Chelsea tonight is their captain Katie Chapman.

Katie Chapman
The FA

There was some doubt about her fitness, after she left the ground on crutches last weekend, but she started and she has looked as in-form as ever in that holding midfield role, tidying loose balls up and reading the game superbly.

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Dominique Janssen is booked for a foul on Drew Spence. Nothing is going Arsenal's way.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

This game is winding down. Arsenal have not recovered since going 2-0 down and the points look very much like Chelsea's at the moment.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Laura Coombs comes on for Chelsea in place of Gemma Davison. The winger has had another fine game for the Blues.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Millie Bright comes on for Ji So-Yun, which is a relatively defensive substitution from Chelsea, who will surely just look to maintain this lead now.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Alex Scott
The FA

It is worth mentioning that Arsenal are without some of their most important first-team players due to injury tonight, with long-term absentees Kelly Smith and Leah Williamson still on the sidelines. Captain Alex Scott is also missing today, having suffered a 'knock'.

That said, the Gunners will have hoped from better from their team tonight. They have played better than this in recent weeks.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Carla Humphrey replaces Vicky Losada for Arsenal in their midfield.

Is there any way back for the hosts?

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Drew Spence shoots high, high over the bar from 25-yards out. That was a bit of a shame, because it had been a very neat passing move from Chelsea.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Ana Borges replaces Chelsea forward Eniola Aluko.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

That is a huge goal for Chelsea. They have a comfortable 2-0 lead and it looks very difficult for Arsenal to find a way back from this now.

The Blues are heading for a three-point lead at the top as things stand, but crucially they are heading for a five-point lead over Arsenal, which might almost rule out the Gunners in the title race with just three games left.

Fran Kirby almost makes it 3-0 but fires over from seven yards out.

GOAL

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea (Davison pen)

Gemma Davison
The FA

Gemma Davison scores from the spot to give Chelsea a potentially-decisive two-goal lead.

Sari Van Veenendaal went the right way and got a glove to the ball, but Davison's kick had too much power on it.

PENALTY Chelsea

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea's Fran Kirby is taken down by Emma Mitchell in the box as the ball was going away from goal.

The referee signals for a penalty and it is hard for Arsenal to argue with that.

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Jade Bailey is booked for Arsenal for repeated fouls. Perhaps the Lady Gunners are getting a tad frustrated.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Fran Kirby is on the end of a good Chelsea move down the right but Sari Van Veenendaal gets down well to produce a good save.

That was an important stop from the Arsenal keeper.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Dan Carter is replaced by Jordan Nobbs for Arsenal. It is a first league appearance since the World Cup for the England midfielder after she picked up an injury in Canada.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea have a free-kick in a very dangerous position on the corner of the box after a trip on Hannah Blundell. The cross is whipped in but no Blues heads can get to it and Arsenal clear.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Dan Carter (left) up against Eniola Aluko of Chelsea
The FA

Arsenal have improved slightly since half-time, with Dan Carter playing wider on the right and Chioma Ubogagu supporting Natalia going forward on the left. It is more of a 4-3-3 now for the home side.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Fran Kirby has time to shoot at goal after a nice tee-up from Ji So-Yun, following Claire Rafferty's burst down the Chelsea left. Kirby strikes it well but the ball keeps on rising and goes just over the bar.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Hedvig Lindahl
BBC

Put simply, Arsenal need to test the goalkeeper more. They are yet to worry Hedvig Lindhal between the sticks.

The Swedish stopper has been in fine form this season and it will take something good to get past her tonight.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Arsenal win a corner down their right. It is played very deep to Natalia, but her shot takes a deflection that takes all the venom out of her strike and trickles to the goalkeeper.

And the other end, Gemma Davison fires over Chelsea.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chioma Ubogagu came on for Lotte Wubben-Moy at the break.

The American youngster has pace, skill and an eye for goal - can she change this game for Arsenal?

KICK-OFF

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea get the second half under way at Boreham Wood FC where they lead title rivals Arsenal.

What does the next 45 minutes have in store for us?

Elsewhere in the Women's Super League

HT: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

As it stands, Chelsea will move three points clear at the top of the league tonight.

That's after draws for title rivals Sunderland and Manchester City earlier today.

The Lady Black Cats fought back to draw 1-1

at Birmingham City, while Man City let their lead slip in the final moments
as Rachel Williams' last-minute goal earned Notts County a share of the spoils.

Rachel Williams (right)
The FA

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport women's football reporter

In the lead up to this London derby, Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty said everyone in the squad has

a new champion's mentality.

That first-half is certainly evidence of that, with Emma Hayes' side causing third-placed Arsenal all sorts of problems without actually having hit any great heights in their performance.

The Women's FA Cup triumph earlier this month was their first piece of silverware, are we looking at a side on the march towards their first league title?

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HT: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

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HT: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Gilly Flaherty
The FA

Vicky Losada's unfortunate own goal is the difference between these teams so far, with Chelsea going ahead from that early corner which was deflected in off the top of her head.

The Blues have been good value for their lead though and could be further ahead.

Can Arsenal respond in the second half?

HALF-TIME

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

There is the half-time whistle and Chelsea lead at the break. They have deserved it too, so far, you have to say.

YELLOW CARD (Chapman)

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea captain Katie Chapman goes into the referee's book for a bit of 'afters' following a late tackle.

At the other end, Eniola Aluko has a great chance for the visitors but her low shot is saved by Sari Van Veenendaal.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Fran Kirby almost has the second goal of her Chelsea career.

She has time to shoot, left-footed, aiming for the top corner from just outside the area, but fires narrowly wide.

Another slight let-off for Arsenal.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Sari Van Veenendaal is under pressure from Chelsea striker Ji So-Yun and she goes for a risky bit of skill to dribble away from her.

She succeeds, much to Arsenal's relief. That was brave!

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Dan Carter thinks she is through on goal for Arsenal but the linesman deems that she was just offside. Chelsea left-back Claire Rafferty stepped up just at the last moment, and Carter was marginally the wrong side.

That could have been a big chance for Arsenal.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Gilly Flaherty
The FA

Gilly Flaherty is a bit late with a tackle on Natalia and Arsenal have a free-kick, which they take short and it is sent deep towards Vicky Losada and Natalia, and Chelsea don't defend it very convincingly, but they do eventually get it away for a corner.

The Blues also get the corner away and the danger is over for the time being.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Fran Kirby heads straight at Arsenal keeper Sari van Veenendaal. The England striker was perhaps a bit too far out to trouble the goalkeeper with a header, but it was a decent effort.

Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Arsenal break quickly through Dan Carter and she finds Natalia, but the Spain striker can't find the target with her curling shot.

That's the closest Arsenal have come to an equaliser.