Barclays #FAWSL: Arsenal Women stay top after goalless draw at Chelsea

Chelsea v Arsenal title 'six-pointer'
Pernille Harder of Chelsea battles for possession with Lia Walti of Arsenal. (Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Arsenal stayed top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a goalless draw away to second-placed Chelsea.

Vivianne Miedema was closest to opening the scoring in the first half with a hooked shot against the outside of the post, Stina Blackstenius had another good chance for Arsenal but put a free header over the top of the goal.

Fran Kirby had ballooned an early opportunity for Chelsea high over the Gunners goal and was beaten to Sam Kerr’s clever flick by Manuela Zinsberger, then just before the break Kerr’s close-range effort was blocked by Steph Catley.

Jonna Andersson had a 20-yard drive deflected inches wide, Kerr fluffed a chance right in front of goal and Arsenal also survived when Zinsberger did not hold a Ji So-yun shot.

Guro Reiten fired straight at the Gunners keeper and at the other end, Frida Maanum’s 25-yard strike was saved by Ann-Katrin Berger.

Millie Bright headed off her own goal-line after a late Maanum free kick, the Blues had the ball in the net in added-time but the flag had been raised for offside.

Leah Williamson was fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball from a Niamh Charles cross, while Kerr could not beat Zinsberger with a last-gasp header.

Chelsea then remain two points behind the leaders but with a game still in hand.

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