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Post-Match Report

Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd: How it happened

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Meadow Park
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup
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Arsenal Women
Miedema (18
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Manchester United Women
Green (83)

WHAT HAPPENED 

A Vivianne Miedema brace booked our place in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final on Thursday night, as we ran out 2-1 winners over Manchester United.

The Netherlands international has now scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, while Louise Quinn delivered a dominant defensive performance on her 50th appearance for the club.

Katie McCabe carved open the game’s first chance, shifting the ball on to her left foot and firing over from the edge of the box, before Jess Sigsworth raced beyond Emma Mitchell and fizzed a low effort narrowly wide. 

The visitors then went on to enjoy a brief spell of possession, but this created space for us to attack - and following an inch-perfect pass from Dominique Bloodworth, Miedema opened the scoring.

The Netherlands international latched on to Bloodworth’s incisive pass, raced through on goal and poked the ball past Siobhan Chamberlain with great composure.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the first half, but on the stroke of half-time, Quinn had a golden opportunity to double our advantage only to see her powerful effort cleared by some fine defending from Katie Zelem.

United troubled us with their defensive organisation during the first half, but following the break, we wasted no time in stamping our authority on the Championship side.

Beth Mead and Leah Williamson forced Chamberlain into saves, before Miedema stepped up once again to make the difference.

The 22-year-old received the ball inside the box, shifted the ball on to her left foot and fired into the back of the net for her second of the evening.

United pulled one back in the 83rd minute through Katie Green, but our defence stood strong to ensure there would be no late drama.

WHAT’S NEXT 

We will face Manchester City in the final of the competition on Saturday, February 23.

The game will take place at Bramall Lane with kick-off at 12.15pm (UK time).

Post-Match Report

Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal: How it happened

Arsenal Women

WHAT HAPPENED 

We were knocked out of SSE Women’s FA Cup on Sunday after losing 3-0 to Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.

We dominated possession throughout and created some dangerous chances, but the Blues were all too clinical on the counter.

Beth Mead carved open the game’s first opportunity when her looping volley forced Ann-Katrin Berger into a difficult save. However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring.

Emma Mitchell lost possession 40 yards from goal, allowing Erin Cuthbert to charge at our defence and tee up Bethany England, who found the bottom corner with a cool first-time finish.

We came close to providing an instant response when Katie McCabe cut inside from the right and fired at goal, but her low drive hit the woodwork.

Shortly after, Dominique Bloodworth’s curling effort was pushed behind for a corner, before Mead’s volley sailed just wide of the post.

The chances continued to fall our way, but with just over five minutes to go before the break, Jonna Andersson found the back of the net from 20 yards with a powerful effort.

Joe Montemurro would have hoped for a positive reaction after the break - but much to his frustration, the second half followed a similar pattern.

Mead’s flicked effort was well saved by Berger, before England raced up the other end and scored her second of the afternoon with a thumping finish.

WHAT’S NEXT 

We must now prepare for our Women’s Super League clash against Yeovil Town on Wednesday, February 20.

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 7:30pm (UK time).

Photo credit: Daniela Porcelli 

Interview

‘We’ll make sure to put it right in the league’

Miedema

Vivianne Miedema is desperate for success in the Women’s Super League and Continental Tyres Cup, following our SSE Women’s FA Cup exit.

The Netherlands international has scored 25 goals over the course of the season so far, but she was starved of service in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

We spoke to Miedema after the final whistle - and this is what she said:

on her thoughts on the final whistle…
Nothing really. I don’t really know what to think. Obviously for us the focus is on the league and I think you could see that today, but I think we’ve disappointed ourselves and everyone in the stadium today. We’ll make sure to put it right. 

on what was missing from our performance…
I think conceding quite early hurt us and we were also quite unlucky with not getting an equaliser after that. It got into our heads and after that we weren’t good enough.

on three at the back working last time out…
I think it was a little disjointed. We’ve been training like this all week and it’s been going really well, but today we weren’t good enough at the back, or anywhere on the pitch really. You could see that the goals were conceded thanks to personal mistakes and that’s how football is, but we need to focus on the league and Conti Cup now.

on whether this could be a blessing in disguise…
For me definitely! The focus is on the league and we don’t have a big squad. Now we only have to play seven more league games and the Conti Cup final, so we know what to focus on. We know what we’re capable of doing so we need to pick ourselves up because it wasn’t good enough today. 

News

Katie McCabe nominated for Player of the Month

Katie McCabe

Katie McCabe has been shortlisted for the January PFA Bristol Street Motors Player of the Month award .

The Republic of Ireland international started in all three of our Women’s Super League fixtures throughout January, providing energy, pace and width down the left flank.

The 23-year-old even capped off her impressive performance against Reading with a stunning strike from distance.

Voting runs until 8am on Monday, February 11, so make sure you support McCabe by following this link.

Interview

‘We need to refocus on other competitions’

Montemurro

Joe Montemurro provided an honest assessment of our SSE Women’s FA Cup exit on Sunday, after slipping to a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.

Our manager was naturally disappointed after such a performance, but revealed that it could prove to be a ‘blessing in disguise’ with his squad now having just eight games to focus on.

We spoke to Montemurro after the final whistle - and this is what he said:

on the overall performance… 
They were just better than us. They have the squad capacity, they were better in front of goal and deserved to win the game.

on successfully playing three at the back last time out - and why it failed today…
You design a squad and put a squad together that can do numerous things and unfortunately we just didn’t have the resources today to do those things. But all credit to the girls, because I think in the first half we had numerous opportunities and it could have been a couple of goals for the good either way, but it didn’t happen today.

on the manner of Chelsea’s goals…
You applaud a good goal when you cut teams open and it’s good football obviously, but when you score through errors and things like that it is frustrating.

on whether this could be a blessing in disguise…
We go for every game, we go for every tournament and we came here to progress to the next round. Obviously we weren’t good enough today, so now we need to refocus on what we can still compete for. We’ve got a massive final on Saturday and the league to go for, so it could be a blessing in disguise.

on the lack of service for Miedema…
We played three at the back and we were playing too deep, meaning we weren’t able to get close to her and link-up as we normally do. Credit to Chelsea, they closed those areas, were a little more direct and caught us out in transition.

News

WSL fixture against Yeovil rescheduled

Arsenal Women

Our Women’s Super League clash against Yeovil Town has been rescheduled.

The fixture will now take place as under:

Arsenal v Yeovil Town 
Women’s Super League 
Meadow Park, Boreham Wood FC 
Wednesday, February 20 
7.30pm (UK time)

News

Lead us out at the Conti Cup final

Arsenal Women walk out

Fancy leading us out at the Continental League Cup final on Saturday, February 23?

All Junior Members are automatically entered into the mascot ballot, so if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning you can still sign up for membership here.

The lucky winner will receive:

  • Full kit - so you look the part
  • Complimentary coach travel from either Emirates Stadium or South Mimms (find out more about travel here)
  • Two match tickets - for you and your parent/guardian

The draw will take place on Friday, February 15 at midday and the lucky winner will be notified on Friday afternoon.

Tickets are available for the final here