Arsenal Women made history in the first ever Womens Super League North London Derby, as the Gunners earned a 2-0 win on enemy ground.
A record attendance for the WSL was set, as more than 3000 Gooners turned up at the Tottenham hotspur stadium to see second half goals from captain Kim Little and hotshot Vivienne Miedema earn maximum points for the team in red and white.
The game was bubbling up nicely before kickoff as an impressive attendance was settling in the stands. Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro named a strong side, with a frontline of Miedema, Van De Donk and Mead ably assisted by Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little. A surprising omission was Jill Roord, but with width from Katie McCabe and Lisa Evans, Arsenal were well stocked in attack.
The first half was a surprisingly well matched affair, perhaps the occasion buoyed the home team, as they created a few chances that either tested Manuela Zinsberger in our goal, or went narrowly wide. We had a ding-dong in the centre too, as Lia Walti and Kim Little wrestled with Peplow and Furness in the centre, with the battle nearly going spurs way in the first half. Kit Graham came closest in the first half to breaking the deadlock too, nearly making amends for her one-on-one being saved with a shot outside the box smacking off the post.
Katie McCabe was the player who came nearest for the Gunners as her effort clipped the crossbar, but as the first half ended, it was very much up for grabs and the Gunners had been handed a reminder that they would have to work that little bit harder to write their name in the history books.
The second half saw Montemurro’s girls come out slightly clearer in their movement, with less errors in midfield and defence that were giving spurs a headwind in the first forty five minutes. Van De Donk was finding the spaces that make her so dangerous, and Miedema was coming to life to give spurs’ backline a stringent workout.
We were cranking up the pressure slowly and when we broke the deadlock, it was a sign that our class was starting to show.
It was apt that it was skipper Kim Little who scored, she kinked left and right before slipping the ball into the bottom corner.
No changes were made by Montemurro until after the second goal as Arsenal were truly on top, and Miedema deservedly doubled the advantage as she scored from close in. Spurs couldn’t mount any sort of momentum to reduce the deficit and we closed out the win quite comfortably in the end.
It left the WSL tantalizingly poised, with Chelsea in top spot, and Man City and Arsenal just one point behind.
Arsenal made history on this day, and from the first ever North London Derby they reminded spurs that North London is Red.