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Summary

  1. Fran Kirby scored in each half for Chelsea
  2. Champions Chelsea maintained 100% start
  3. Arsenal have three points from three matches
  4. Sides to meet in FA Cup final on 14 May

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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The champions go top

FT: Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

That's it for this evening, on the night that defending champions Chelsea returned to the summit of WSL 1 with an important win over their Women's FA Cup final opponents.

You can read the report on their win here.

These two teams will meet again at Wembley on Saturday 14 May.

Do join us again before then, won't you? Thanks for your company. Good night.

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FT: Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

After their 7-0 win over Sunderland in the FA Cup, Arsenal come crashing back down to Earth with a reality check of how tough this title race will be.

They weren't at their best tonight and came up against an organised Chelsea side who interrupted their flow and deserved the away win.

The Gunners are now three points off the top but have played a game more.

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FULL-TIME

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

That's it. Chelsea have won thanks to two Fran Kirby goals and an assured performance, away to one of their biggest rivals.

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

We are into three minutes of added time at the end of this Women's Super League One game.

Arsenal are running out of time in this one.

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

Elsewhere tonight

A reminder that we kicked off early tonight, at 18:00 BST, as this game was moved to allow Arsenal fans to watch both their men's and women's teams tonight...

Arsene Wenger's men are now off and running, and they're 1-0 up against West Brom thanks to an early goal from Alexis Sanchez.

You can follow that match here with Tom Rostance.

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

Arsenal Ladies boss Pedro Martinez Losa looks very thoughtful on the touchline, as the sun sets in Hertfordshire.

His side are slipping to a second defeat in their first three league games of the season. The schedule has given them a tough start, but they won't be happy with this result.

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea are heading top of the Women's Super League tonight as this rate. They've stopped Arsenal playing their passing game and, at the other end, have punished some mixed defending.

They make another subsitution with Gemma Davison being replaced by England teammate Eniola Aluko.

GOAL (Kirby)

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

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Game over. Fran Kirby has her second and it was a real goalmouth scramble.

From a Chelsea corner, a blocked shot bounces out off the line to Kirby. Does that hit her arm? Maybe, but it wasn't intentional. She slams in from three yards out to surely seal victory.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Fran Kirby is almost in for her second of the night but she is flagged just offside. My word, that was close. Was she level? Not quite. A nervy moment for Arsenal but they escape.

At the other end, Jordan Nobbs drives from range and forces a solid save from Hedvig Lindahl.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea bring Jade Bailey on to face her old club - she replaces Karen Carney.

Meanwhile Arsenal's Jemma Rose, who was partly at fault for the Chelsea goal, comes off and is replaced by Natalia.

That's an attacking switch for Arsenal, while for Chelsea it is more of a defensive shape now, with Bailey in midfield.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Fran Kirby wins a corner for Chelsea and, when it is whipped in, Arsenal don't initially clear it, but eventually they get the ball away.

GREAT SAVE!

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Sari van Veenendaal has kept Arsenal in the game in this second half. She does well again, this time to tip over Katie Chapman's half volley, which was bound for the back of the net.

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

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We have the game's first booking. Kelly Smith gets a yellow card for a challenge on Chelsea's Ana Borges. That looks harsh. I'd say Borges simply slipped, personally.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

A deep Alex Scott cross is met by Leah Williamson's well-timed jump but the unmarked Arsenal youngster heads wide of the far post.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Arsenal, I have to say, are lacking a bit of bite, a bit of urgency. Time is ticking by...

SUBSTITUTION (Chelsea)

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Ji So-Yun
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South Korea forward Ji So-Yun is heading off. It's been a relatively quiet night from the skllful, 2015 PFA Player of the Year Award winner.

She is replaced by Ana Borges.

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From the resulting free-kick, Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl spills her catch but Asisat Oshoala isn't quite able to capitalise.

Chelsea are relieved to see that moment pass by.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Now this is interesting. Gemma Davison fouls Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs and the referee awards a free-kick, but Nobbs stays on her feet and wants to play an advantage. She curls the ball into the back of the net...but the whistle had long gone.

Should play have been allowed to continue? Arsenal protest.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

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Experienced holding midfield player Katie Chapman has been very effective tonight.

The Chelsea and England star has got stuck in, breaking up the play and has really stopped Arsenal creating as much as they'd like to.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea are frustrating Arsenal. The hosts can't find their fluid passing at the moment.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Here's the moment that separates the two sides at Meadow Park...

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Fran Kirby
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Will Fran Kirby's be the only goal we see this evening?

GREAT SAVE!

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea almost kill off this game within seconds of the restart, as Drew Spence has time to shoot in the box, unchallenged, but her low drive is blocked by the legs of Sari van Veenendaal.

The Netherlands keeper makes another save moments later, pushing away Gemma Davison's fierce effort.

KICK-OFF

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

The hosts get the second half started.

SUBSTITUTION

HT: Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Arsenal are making a double substitution at the break, bringing on a mixture of experience and youth.

England veteran Kelly Smith is coming on along with Nigeria winger Asisat Oshoala, replacing Spain duo Marta Corredera and Vicky Losada.

The teams are back out

HT: Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

It is time for the second half. Can Arsenal Ladies turn this game around? Or will Chelsea maintain their 100% record for 2016?

Coming up in WSL 1

HT: Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

It could be a fascinating weekend of Women's Super League One fixtures, with six more sides in action over the next few days.

On Saturday, Liverpool Ladies host Sunderland Ladies from 17:30 BST, with the visitors keen to bounce back after their disastrous 7-0 loss at Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Then on Sunday, Birmingham City Ladies host Manchester City Women at 14:00 BST, before Notts County Ladies host Reading Women at 17:00 BST.

Be sure to visit the BBC Sport website's Women's Football page to keep up to date.

HT: Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

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As things stand, it is not going to be a good night for Arsenal Ladies' league title bid.

If they lose they will be three points behind both their main rivals already, having played a game more than both of them.

That might not sound like much, but in a season of just 16 league games each, it is hard to play catch-up.

Elsewhere...

Premier League: Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

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It's an Arsenal double-header this evening, with the Gunners' men's side in Premier League action shortly.

Follow live text commentary of their game against West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium here.

HALF-TIME

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Arsenal almost steal in for an equaliser right on the half-time whistle, as Chelsea keeper Hedvig Lindahl's skewed clearance only goes as far as Dan Carter on the edge of the area, but she hesitates to shoot and the Blues get defenders back in numbers to intervene and clear the danger.

The visitors will be very, very happy with that half-time scoreline.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

We are into one minute of added time at the end of the first half. Chelsea are in control of things.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Gemma Davison looks in a confident mood now. She's got time on the ball and wants to take Arsenal players on. Right-back Alex Scott is going to have a busy night, trying to keep her at bay.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

England's Jordan Nobbs concedes a free-kick, going in late on Chelsea's Claire Rafferty.

Ji So-Yun's delivery comes to nothing but, moments later, midfielder Drew Spence opens up space for a shot, but fires just wide from outside the box.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea's Gemma Davison sparks to life and does brilliantly to skip past two Arsenal players and into the penalty area, but she fires her shot over the crossbar from around 12 yards out.

That was a chance for the visitors, and a reminder of Davison's quality when she cuts inside from the touchline, one of her signature moves.

Oh, Gemma! Brilliant run to put Scott on her backside, but the finish is blazed over the bar. #CLFC

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea's Fran Kirby looks for her second goal of the night, weaving in the area, but her low shot from a tight angle is straight at Sari van Veenendaal. Solid save.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Pedro Martinez Losa
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Arsenal Ladies boss Pedro Martinez Losa was smiling pre-match but he looks slightly more pensive now, with his side behind.

The game has been fairly even though, with only that momentarily defensive slip costing the Gunners so far.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Nobody ever wants to fall behind, but it must feel especially significant when you're up against Chelsea Ladies.

Emma Hayes' side conceded just 10 goals in the league in 2015, the meanest defence in the WSL.

So Arsenal have a job on their hands tonight to turn this scoreline around.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Sari van Veenendaal
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Ouch. Jemma Rose's evening is getting worse as she clatters into Sari van Veenendaal while bravely defending a far-post cross. She looks hurt but is fine to continue.

Chelsea are causing the hosts some issues at the back, though, especially with Karen Carney's dangerous set-piece deliveries.

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

That is a real sickener for Arsenal. Jemma Rose and Sari van Veenendaal will both want to forget that moment as quickly as possible.

As for Fran Kirby, she will be delighted to score for the second big, big game running.

At the other end, Marta Corredera has a shot blocked after a good deep cross from Dan Carter.

GOAL (Kirby)

Arsenal Ladies 0-1 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea take the lead out of nothing and it's a shocker from the Arsenal defence! An awkward bouncing ball causes all sorts of problems for centre-back Jemma Rose and she doesn't clear it.

Who is there, putting her under pressure and pouncing, four yards out? It's Fran Kirby!

The England striker, who had beaten Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal to the initial ball forward, has been gifted a goal.

Arsenal Ladies 0-0 Chelsea Ladies

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All week, there has really been a sense around both clubs that this is a huge game, even at this very early stage in the season.

A defeat for Arsenal would be a big blow, having already lost at Man City, while Chelsea don't want to lose ground on the leaders either, having played a game less.

A draw would certainly suit Man City....and after nearly 15 minutes things are pretty even.