Kim Little made her 200th appearance in Arsenal colours a night to remember, as she scored a late winner to book our place in the in the semi-finals of the Continental League Cup.
We’ve now won each of our last 10 fixtures across all competitions, but this result was far from plain sailing.
We started brightly with Lisa Evans tormenting Natasha Harding down the right wing and finding herself through on goal twice, only to be denied by an incredible save and a vital interception.
Jill Roord then dragged a first-time effort just wide of the far post, before Jordan Nobbs, also making her 200th appearance for the club, scuffed a golden chance inside the area.
By this point our frustration started to show and rather than displaying our usual composure in possession, we allowed ourselves to be sucked into a scrappy affair.
That all changed in the second half as we pinned the Royals back to the edge of their area. The only thing missing was that all-important final touch.
First, Little saw her curling effort land on the roof of the net, before Danielle van de Donk was denied by an outstanding save from Rachael Laws.
Beth Mead then bundled a half-chance towards goal and saw it cleared off the line, and soon after Vivianne Miedema fired on to the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
The tie looked set for extra time, but with one final sweeping move, Evans raced free down the right wing and teed up Little to fire home from close range.
WHAT IT MEANS
We’re through to the semi-finals! Stay close to Arsenal.com for further details
Joe Montemurro’s side must now prepare for their Women’s Super League clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 2pm (UK time).
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