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A superbly taken brace from Beth Mead earned Arsenal a hard-fought 3-2 win over reigning champions Chelsea in a thrilling Women’s Super League opener at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were quick out of the blocks against a Chelsea side who looked uncomfortable playing a back five, and had a couple of chances to take the lead before Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring on 14 minutes.

Collecting Katie McCabe’s superbly weighted ball down the channel, the Dutch striker twisted Jessica Carter inside out before closing her foot to fire inside Ann-Katrin Berger’s near post.

The Blues took a while to get into their stride as Arsenal initially bypassed their high press with ease, but Emma Hayes’ side grew into the contest and began to enjoy more possession. Beth England was lively up front, but it was Erin Cuthbert who hauled them level on the stroke of half-time – firing home after the hosts had failed to clear their lines from a corner.

That setback motivated the Gunners to come out strong in the second period, with Mead scampering in behind Chelsea’s backline after good work from Miedema. The England winger composed herself well before arrowing an unstoppable effort inside Berger’s far post with her left foot.

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