After the international break, the FAWSL had given fans a spectacle between two top tier teams in women’s football. Both Chelsea Women and Arsenal Women are behemoths of women’s football and have assembled squads full of international stars. Coming into this game both teams were unbeaten, with this game deciding who would continue to gain momentum. With the next league game on 27th October, this match was an opportunity to stake their claim and continue to challenge Manchester City Women for the title.
Before this match, neither side had faced defeat yet. Chelsea won two and drew one in the league, and got off to a good start in the Continental Tyres Cup. Arsenal also enjoyed a perfect start to the season, with three wins in the FAWSL, one in the Continental Tyres Cup and a comfortable victory over Fiorentina in the Champions League. This is Arsenal’s first real test against quality opposition with last season’s fixture resulting in a 5-0 win for the Gunners. Sitting first in the league, Chelsea were only two points behind their rivals before kickoff and a win would propel them to second, two points off Manchester City Women.
Lineups & squads
Chelsea Women came into this game unchanged. Emma Hayes decided to keep faith in the same eleven that thrashed Bristol City 4-0.
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