Kim Little scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal opened up their Premier League title defence with a narrow victory at Birmingham.

The Scotland international struck in the second minute as Tony Gervaise's side made a perfect start to the new campaign. But the champions did not have things their own way after that.

Birmingham gave Arsenal a physical test and threatened to snatch a point but the visitors kept an all-important clean sheet to secure all three points.

Arsenal Ladies

1
Byrne
2
Grant
3
Flaherty
4
Fahey
5
Yorston
6
Ludlow
7
Chapman
8
Yankey
9
Davison
10
Lander 60
11
Little Goal!

Substitutes

12
Coombs 60
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