Chelsea currently sit third in the league standings with one game in hand. We headed into the international break after picking up a point on the road to Arsenal to extend our unbeaten run in the league to 27 games.
There was little to separate the sides throughout a hard-fought 90 minutes but this London derby came to life in the latter stages of the encounter with both goals coming in the final five minutes.
Arsenal’s Beth Mead netted from close range on the 86th minute and just as our unbeaten run looked as though it was going to come to an end, we responded almost instantly when Pernille Harder’s cross flicked off Lotte Wubben-Moy and into the back of the net beyond the Gunners goalkeeper.
Opponents West Ham have only managed to win one league game so far this term, losing five and drawing one.
They narrowly lost 1-0 in their last league outing against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls caught West Ham against the run of play, when forward Rianna Jarrett lobbed Mackenzie Arnold in goal.
The Irons, however, were last in action on Wednesday 18 November for the Continental League Cup and they came away with a convincing 4-0 victory against Championship outfit Charlton Athletic to top their group. Emily van Egmond got the ball rolling when she netted Rachel Daly’s cross and in the second half, Daly whipped in another cross and it was Leanne Kiernan who directed home with her head. Another goal came within minutes when West Ham’s two goalscorers combined, for Kiernan to burst into space and coolly slam a shot into the top right corner of the net. Substitute Martha Thomas added to their scoring when she turned in a corner.