Chelsea sock it to Arsenal and make major move in WSL title race

No Sam Kerr, no Mia Fishel, no Mayra Ramírez, no Millie Bright, no Natalie Björn, no problem. An utterly rampant Chelsea dismantled Arsenal, scoring three goals in the space of 17 first-half minutes to end the visitor’s title hopes and strengthen their own.

A packed Stamford Bridge, this time with 32,970 fans, once again bore witness to the Lauren James show, with the mercurial forward scoring the home team’s first before Sjoeke Nüsken turned in twice. The result helped take the sting off a bruising 24 hours for the manager, Emma Hayes, whose clumsy comments on player-player relationships had caused controversy.

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