Rejoice, fellow Gooners, for there is football taking place during the international break!
While our mens side may not be in action, our uber-successful Womens side is in action this weekend and have been throughout, as they attempt to reclaim the Womens Super League title from the hands of Chelsea, who won a Covid-hit campaign last season.
Which only serves to add more spice to this weekend’s game – Arsenal vs Chelsea.
But before we take a look at this upcoming tussle between arguably the country’s top two teams – what’s happened recently in the world of Arsenal Women?
Well, our last fixture saw the only two unbeaten teams in the league face off for the right to top the WSL table. It was Man United Women Vs Arsenal Women – and the home side caused a major upset as they ground out a 1-0 victory that really was deserved.
Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro will be analysing videos of this game as it provided fascinating feedback on how his possessional style was muted by the rapid attack and press of Casey Stoney’s United side. Much of the work stemmed from United’s two American players, Heath and Press, who really left their impression on our team. We simply couldn’t get our passing game into gear and it played into United’s hands.
A second half change saw our team improve – The returning captain Kim Little and Dutch attacker Jill Roord came on and it gave us an extra foothold we couldn’t manage previously – but it wasn’t enough. Currently, United stand at the top of the league after six games on 16 points, a point ahead of our Gunners and three points ahead of Chelsea, with the Blues having a game in hand.
Arsenal did win plenty of games in the month of October though. An emphatic drubbing of North London neighbours Tottenham to the tune of a 6-1 scoreline, which underlined our attacking threat. We also handed out a thrashing in the group stage of the WSL cup, a 4-0 win over the London City going some way to rectifying a damaging loss to Chelsea in the same tournament.
During that 6-1 win, our resident GOAT, Dutch goal-machine Vivianne Miedema, became the first player in WSL history to reach 50 goals. She is currently on 52 goals in 51 games – more than a goal scored per game.
Since then, Man City and England’s Ellen White became the second player to score 50, but this should not diminish the achievement of ‘Our Viv’ up front and her frankly, incredible goalscoring record. She may be on 52 now, but who would bet against her being the first to 100 at this rate?
October’s WSL and Arsenal Women exploits leave us poised for what is our biggest match of the season. This Sunday we take on Chelsea.
Lose, and we will be behind on points and with Chelsea having played a game less – a huge blow to our title chances. Win? And we do the same to them.
What a mouthwatering game we have in store.
Catch you all next week for the next Arsenal Women Roundup!