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Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal Women 2-0 West Ham

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  Arsenal Women
      
                  Miedema (33)
                   K. Little (78)
            
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Arsenal Women
Miedema (33)
K. Little (78)
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West Ham United Women

WHAT HAPPENED

We moved one step closer to Champions League qualification on Wednesday night as we secured a valuable 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Joe Montemurro opted to play Vivianne Miedema in the No 10 role - and his decision certainly paid off, as she delivered an outstanding performance from start to finish to secure our eighth consecutive win.

We ran out 9-1 winners the last time we faced the Hammers in the Women’s Super League, and once again, we created a number a number of clear-cut chances early on, only this time our finishing let us down.

First, Caitlin Foord forced Mazkenzie Arnold into a save from a diving header, before Jordan Nobbs fired wide from six yards out and saw her next effort disallowed for offside.

We grew increasingly frustrated as we passed the half-hour mark but, with a moment of magic from Miedema, we opened the scoring. Noelle Maritz started the move from a throw-in and Miedema cut inside on to her left foot, firing home with power and precision from 25 yards.

No other WSL player has scored more London derby goals than the Netherlands international (12).

The second half proved to be a tightly-contested affair with West Ham keen to keep the scoreline down - but late on we managed to break through their defence one last time, with Kim Little showing exceptional footwork to skip past two defenders and fire into the bottom corner.

Lydia Williams then went on to produce an exceptional save deep into stoppage time, ensuring we haven’t conceded a goal in over 720 minutes across all competitions.

WHAT IT MEANS  

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face Everton on Sunday, May 2.

The game will take place at Walton Hall Park with kick-off at 1pm (UK time). 

Interview

'Katie's developed into a world-class player'

Joe Montemurro could not hold Katie McCabe in any higher regard.

Our No 15 agreed a new long-term deal this week, having flourished under the Australian's coaching.

We caught up with Montemurro after McCabe signed the dotted line. This is what he had to say:

on how pleased he is to keep Katie...
Katie McCabe is probably one of the highlights of the last three or four years here. It's been a project which has been an exciting one. She's been thrown every challenge from the day we brought her back on loan and she's developed into a world-class, left-sided player. All credit to her, she personifies exactly what we want from our squad. 

on her importance growing...
She's relished the leadership roles, she's relished the challenge of becoming a better player and she's the perfect example of making sure that you achieve whatever you want to achieve. I still think there's a lot more to come. 

on this being her best season...
She's up there in the assist stats in the league. I think that doesn't just personify Katie's importance but also the contribution she's made to the team in the way we want to play, and she's relished taking on all the challenges we've thrown at her, in terms of positional play, attacking more in numbers. All credit to her because there's still a lot more to come. 

on her being a passionate player...
The pictures that come to mind straight away are when we won the league and Katie was just going crazy in the changing rooms. I think she was the first one to get the champagne bottles! It's her great character and I don't want her to ever change. I want her to always relish the great moments, always enjoying them and always pushing herself to be better. She's just great to have around every day.

on how much better she can be...
It's really up to her. I think she's found a really good spot at Arsenal, a really good position in terms of just being able to play her game. But I also think that there's a massive amount of belief in her to get better and she knows that. She believes in everything we're doing and I just hope she takes on more challenges. The exciting thing for me is that she's not just locked in as a full back. She can play centrally, out side or in three or four different positions. She personifies the modern footballer.

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