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Chelsea close in on WSL title after 2-0 win over Arsenal

Chelsea Magdalena Eriksson (left) and Pernille Harder

Chelsea will reclaim the title if Manchester United loses to rival Manchester City. Guro Reiten and Magdalena Eriksson scored goals in the first half to give Emma Hayes’ team a lead at Kingsmeadow.

They were worried when Sophie Ingle’s handball gave Arsenal a penalty, but captain Katie McCabe pulled the shot wide from the spot.

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Shortly after Caitlin Foord had glanced a shot onto the crossbar, there was Arsenal’s chance to stage a comeback.

The fortress of Kingsmeadow helped Chelsea hold on and earn their eleventh win in a row at home in the WSL this season.

Winger Reiten claimed the players would tune in to see if they would win the championship, despite manager Hayes later stating she would not be watching the Manchester derby.

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“We’re absolutely going to watch the game,” Reiten said. “Two good teams; you never know what will happen. We did our part to prepare ourselves.

After it was announced this week that she will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, it was the captain Eriksson’s final home game wearing a Chelsea jersey. She sprinted over to join the supporters in celebration after Chelsea’s second goal.

She tucked in Sam Kerr’s header just before halftime, 20 minutes after Reiten had expertly volleyed in the opening goal.

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The Gunners still have work to do to ensure their qualifying for the Champions League for the upcoming season, despite having a perfect record in three WSL matches versus Hayes’ team under manager Jonas Eidevall.

Arsenal, who sits three points ahead of City in the race for the last European qualification spot, will want United to win against City while Chelsea will hope the opposite happens.

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