It’s only five games in, but this season’s Womens Super League is shaping up to be a real spectacle.
You have the two prime candidates – and the two sides who have most recently won the title – duking it out at the top.
You have the surprise packages duking it out and punching above their weight.
And you have the big team struggling to keep up with the pace.
Arsenal Women are currently sitting pretty at the pinnacle of the league table. Five wins from five games puts us two points clear of the competition.
The teams sitting just two points away? Chelsea are no surprise. The Blues are the defending champions and have already dished out a thumping to our Gunners in the FA Cup group stage in the shape of a 4-1 win. That scoreline only tells one side of the story, but it does underline the challenge the Blues will give us in regards to fighting for the championship.
Then there are Everton and Man United Women.
The Toffees have started very strongly and are undefeated in the League. Willie Kirk’s side have pushed Manchester City all the way this season and even defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup this season and have a squad with internationals capable of pushing through to the higher steps of the table where they currently reside.
Manchester United are managed by legend of the game, Casey Stoney. The United Women’s team have a sizeable budget too, enough to separate themselves from the majority of WSL teams. United States internationals Christen Press and Tobin Heath have boosted their chances and Lucy Staniforth and Lauren James are real threats for Stoney’s side.
Then we have Manchester City. Much was expected of the Citizens this season, and with the return of Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood from Lyon, their squad is even stronger than before. They also recruited a United States international in Rose Lavelle, but things haven’t worked out early this season. Brighton and Reading have taken points from City and they will have to do much better against the midtable sides if they are to challenge at the top.
The season is a long one though. We are only five games in, but Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro has recruited well and addressed key areas. Midfield is buoyed by the promise of Malin Gut and in defence, Noelle Maritz, Wubben-Moy and Steph Catley really do give us strength and the ability to rotate.
We are well set for the season and our shedload of goals thus far – 29 scored and just four against – spell out a real big tilt at the title.
Chelsea will no doubt run us close or even oust us like they did last season – Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder are huge signings for the Blues – but the distraction of the Champions League may well prove to be the edge we need.
We will need to do well in our league fixtures against Emma Hayes’s side, but if we can maintain our form, the Gunners have a chance for a second WSL title in just three years.
This season is shaping up to be too tough to call!