Arsenal were cruelly denied Women’s Super League top spot by Chelsea as a disappointing contest ended in drama.
The Gunners looked to have won it when Vivianne Miedema beat England defender Millie Bright to set up Beth Mead for an 86th-minute opener.
But Pernille Harder’s speculative effort from the right then hit luckless defender Lotte Wubben-Moy and deflected in for an outrageous own goal.
That allowed Chelsea to stretch their long unbeaten WSL record to 27 games.
The visitors might even won it in stoppage time with their best opening of the entire game but, when Sam Kerr raced through, she chipped just wide of the post.
The reigning WSL champions remain in third place, two points behind second-placed Arsenal, who are now a point closer to leaders Manchester United.
In a game of few real chances, Mead’s late opener was the only shot on target. But Arsenal had also gone very close to taking the lead with an eye-catching effort of their own on 44 minutes.
Caitlin Foord’s strike from just outside the box hit the bar, the ball bounced up and then dropped back down on to the bar again, before it was punched away by Chelsea keeper Ann-Katrin Berger.
Netherlands forward Miedema then looked to have missed the best chance to win it on 81 minutes when she fired just past the post. But then came that remarkable finale as both teams went through elation and despair.
The two sides are back in WSL action on 6 December when Arsenal host Birmingham City and Chelsea entertain West Ham United.
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Match ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Women 1.
Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Women 1.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Niamh Charles.
Attempt missed. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Niamh Charles.
Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).
Own Goal by Charlotte Wubben-Moy, Arsenal Women. Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Women 1.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Maren Mjelde.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Niamh Charles replaces Erin Cuthbert.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jessie Fleming replaces Ji So-Yun.
Goal! Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Women 0. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema following a fast break.
Offside, Arsenal Women. Lia Wälti tries a through ball, but Jill Roord is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.
Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caitlin Foord.
Offside, Chelsea Women. Magdalena Eriksson tries a through ball, but Erin Cuthbert is caught offside.
Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Women).
Attempt blocked. Pernille Harder (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.