🎥 WSL drama as Arsenal own goal sees holders Chelsea stay unbeaten

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Lewis Ambrose

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Two late goals saw Arsenal blow the chance to go top of the WSL while holders Chelsea remained unbeaten.

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A win would’ve sent Arsenal back to the top of the table and it looked like they would claim all three points after scoring a late opener but a 90th minute own goal saw Chelsea go up to third.

However, it was both teams’ eagerness not to lose that won out as the sides played out a cagey first half.

Caitlin Foord went closest before the break when her long-range effort incredibly hit the bar twice before it was cleared to safety.

Chelsea looked to up the ante at the break, bringing on Australian star Sam Kerr and switching to a more offensive shape. Arsenal struggled to cope in the opening stages of the half as Chelsea pressed high but looked the more threatening side when they did break through.

It was the Blues, though, who had the better chances. Beth England could only fire over the bar, Kerr had a huge chance denied by a superb last-ditch Katie McCabe tackle and Pernille Harder had a low effort excellently blocked by Leah Williamson.

Arsenal then came on stronger again and Vivanne Miedema and Williamson both went close before Arsenal finally grabbed an opener through Beth Mead, who converted a brilliant Miedema assist.

It felt like that would be it but Chelsea struck back with a stroke of luck in the final minute of normal time. Lotte Wubben-Moy blocked Harder’s cross, only for the ball to loop over Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger and into the far corner.

Kerr had the chance to score a late winner but just missed the target after lobbing Zinsberger and both teams had to settle for a point.

Arsenal stay second in the table and end a miserable run against Chelsea, who remain unbeaten in their efforts to retain the title.