The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across all sport and the Womesn Super League is no different. The latest events surrounding the competition is that this season will end prematurely with not another ball being kicked until next season.
Like Ligue Un in France, the Eredivisie in the Netherlands and other competitions across sport, the WSL has succumbed to lockdown – and that means defending champions Arsenal ma well be powerless to stop the title being wrestled away from them – as the destination of the championship is yet to be decided.
As things stand when the competition was ended, Manchester City were top of the table on 40 points. They had played 16 games, with second placed Chelsea having played one game less, and on 39 points. Arsenal? On 36 points having played 15 games.
That means there would have still been a decent chance for Arsenal Women to claw back that small deficit if the competition had continued unimpeded. The Gunners had seven games left to play and that would have been plenty of opportunities to win points, and for Chelsea and City to drop them.
As it is though, the title will be decided by points per game most likely, but this is still not confirmed by the FA. If this is the case, it will be highly unlikely that Arsenal Women get the chance to keep hold of the title, with Chelsea set to leapfrog Man City into top spot and lift the championship.
Arsenal Women’s losses to Chelsea this season look to have cost them dearly, and Chelsea are set to be their biggest rivals for next season too, as their newest signing, Aussie superstar Samantha Kerr, is set to spearhead their assault on all competitions and rival our very own Vivianne Miedema for the top scorer crown – which our Dutch striker has won for the last two campaigns.
Arsenal Women may well have the title taken away from them prematurely, but hopefully that will act as a catalyst for next season. Keep it locked to The Arsenal Review for all Arsenal Women matches and news.