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Lauren James (centre) has scored 13 goals in the WSL this season – only Khadija Shaw of Manchester City (15) has moreWomen’s Super League leaders Chelsea produced a dominant performance as they comfortably beat title rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.After a farcical 30-minute delay because Arsenal had brought the wrong socks, the hosts took a 15th-minute lead as Lauren James’ shot was parried into the net by Gunners goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.Chelsea, looking to win the WSL for a fifth successive season, doubled their advantage six minutes later when Sjoeke Nusken diverted Erin Cuthbert’s strike past Zinsberger.There was a touch of fortune to Chelsea’s third goal, with the ball bouncing off an unaware Nusken and going into the bottom corner for her second of the match.Only a number of vital saves from Zinsberger denied the home side further goals with a crowd of 32,970 watching on – a record for a Chelsea Women home game.Arsenal pulled one back late on through Kim Little’s deflected shot, which went in off Catarina Macario, but the Blues claimed a fully-deserved victory.Chelsea are now three points clear of Manchester City, who play their game in hand on Sunday away at ninth-placed Brighton (12:30 GMT).For Arsenal, the result is a huge blow to their hopes of winning the WSL title for the time since 2018-19.Jonas Eidevall’s side, third in the table, are now six points behind Chelsea with only six league games of the season left.Chelsea gain revenge after December loss at Emirates StadiumThis result takes Emma Hayes’ Chelsea, in her last season at the club before she becomes the head coach of the United States’ Women’s team, a step closer to completing a quadruple.The Blues play Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and take on Arsenal in the League Cup final on 31 March.Arsenal’s preparations were not helped by an embarrassing kit issue, which saw the game delayed for half an hour as their white socks were the same colours as Chelsea.An Arsenal official bought black socks from the Chelsea megastore and then had to cover over the Blues’ logo with tape.Chelsea’s logo became noticeable on some of the Arsenal players’ socks as the match progressedWhen these two sides met at Emirates Stadium in December, a then-WSL record crowd of 59,042, saw the Gunners race into a 3-0 lead in the first half on their way to a 4-1 victoryThe opposite happened at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea completely dominant in the first half with England forward James proving a constant threat as she took her WSL total to 13 goals this season, before Nusken’s double.Johanna Rytting Kaneryd almost added a fourth early in the second half, but Zinsberger made a crucial block, before she also denied James when through on goal.Arsenal had started with Stina Blackstenius up front after her hat-trick in the 4-0 League Cup semi-final win over Aston Villa, but she was ineffective and replaced at half-time by England striker Alessia Russo.Chelsea should have scored more before Arsenal got a late consolation as Little’s effort, which was going wide, bounced off Macario and into her own net.But there was never any danger of Chelsea letting their lead slip as they clinched a fine victory.What made the Blues’ performance even more impressive was a lengthy injury list that saw Hayes without a number of key players, including forwards Sam Kerr, Mia Fishel, Mayra Ramirez, midfielder Maren Mjelde, England defender Millie Bright and goalkeeper Ann Katrin-Berger.Line-upsChelsea WomenFormation 4-2-3-124Hampton15Périsset7Carter26Buchanan21Charles22Cuthbert8Leupolz19Rytting Kaneryd6Nüsken11Reiten10James24HamptonBooked at 87mins15Périsset7Carter26Buchanan21CharlesSubstituted forLawrenceat 70’minutes22Cuthbert8Leupolz19Rytting Kaneryd6Nüsken11Reiten10JamesSubstituted forMacárioat 83’minutesSubstitutes1Musovic5Ingle9Macário12Lawrence14Kirby23Hamano28Cankovic33Beever-JonesArsenal WomenFormation 4-2-3-11Zinsberger15McCabe6Williamson3Wubben-Moy7Catley21Pelova13Wälti9Mead10Little19Foord25Blackstenius1Zinsberger15McCabeBooked at 42mins6Williamson3Wubben-Moy7CatleySubstituted forFoxat 45’minutes21PelovaSubstituted forMaanumat 45’minutes13WältiSubstituted forCooney-Crossat 72’minutes9Mead10Little19FoordSubstituted forLacasseat 57’minutesBooked at 67mins25BlacksteniusSubstituted forRussoat 45’minutesSubstitutes2Fox12Maanum14D’Angelo23Russo24Lacasse27Codina32Cooney-Cross62Reid86BouhaddiReferee:Rebecca WelchAttendance:32,970Live TextMatch ends, Chelsea Women 3, Arsenal Women 1.Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 3, Arsenal Women 1.Attempt blocked. Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Attempt saved. Ashley Lawrence (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Catarina Macário.Attempt missed. Frida Maanum (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alessia Russo.Attempt saved. Alessia Russo (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cloé Lacasse.Emily Fox (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Catarina Macário (Chelsea Women).Foul by Alessia Russo (Arsenal Women).Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Offside, Chelsea Women. Guro Reiten is caught offside.Hannah Hampton (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card.Own Goal by Catarina Macário, Chelsea Women. Chelsea Women 3, Arsenal Women 1.Attempt missed. Kim Little (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Erin Cuthbert.Attempt blocked. Frida Maanum (Arsenal Women) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Katie McCabe with a cross.Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Kadeisha Buchanan.Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Sjoeke Nüsken (Chelsea Women).Substitution, Chelsea Women. 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