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Any early season doubts about Arsenal's title credentials will surely have been blown away on Sunday as they recorded a stunning 5-0 victory over reigning Champions Chelsea.
The Gunners took the lead midway through the second half when Kim Little slotted home from the penalty spot following a foul on Emma Mitchell, with Vivianne Miedema adding a second before half time. After the break, a cross-cum-shot by Jordan Nobbs increased Arsenal's lead and Miedema quickly made it four. Nobbs finished off a good move to complete a great day and performance by Arsenal, however the win was marred by the news that star midfielder Little sustained a fractured leg following a heavy tackle on her during the second half and she is set to be out for ten weeks.
Arsenal keep themselves on top of the table on goal difference from Birmingham City, who made it four victories out of five with a 1-0 win away to previously unbeaten Bristol City. The Blues could have taken the lead in the first half but Aoife Mannion's penalty was well saved by Sophie Baggaley. The game produced few chances in difficult conditions at Stoke Gifford but with fifteen minutes remaining, Mannion gained revenge with a 30-yard strike which swerved and dipped past Baggaley for the only goal of the game, to maintain her side's excellent start to the season.
Manchester City are starting to find their form and led the table for a couple of hours after a 7-1 victory over West Ham Utd. Caroline Weir opened the scoring with two minutes on the clock and in-form striker Nikita Parris added a quickfire double. The remainder of the goals came in the final eighteen minutes with Steph Houghton scoring in the middle of a Georgia Stanway brace and although Esmee de Graaf grabbed a consolation for the Hammers with eight minutes left, City had not finished and Tessa Wullaert rounded off the scoring four minutes later.
Liverpool are up into mid-table as they defeated Yeovil Town 2-1, their second victory in a row. Kirsty Linnett gave the Reds a first half lead which was cancelled out on the half hour by Ann Marie Heatherson but, as it looked like Yeovil were about to pick up their first point of the season, Jess Clarke scored the winner three minutes from time.
Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion went into their meeting have not scored a league goal between them so far, so perhaps there was some inevitability that they battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw. Danielle Buet got Brighton off the mark in the third minute with the opening goal but Everton were to hit back strongly, Inessa Kaagman equalising just before the half hour and Gabby George giving the lead on the stroke of half time. Chloe Kelly made it 3-1 with twenty minutes remaining but the Seagulls were far from beaten and two goals in a five minute spell from Ellie Brazil saw them register their first point of the season following four narrow defeats.
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