Goals from Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Rachel Yankey and Casey Stoney helped Arsenal Ladies to an emphatic 4-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
The victory sees the Gunners move into fifth place in the Women's Super League, a point behind City but more importantly,l nine points clear of bottom club Everton with five games remaining.
After a four-week break due to international fixtures, the Gunners were looking to continue their strong run in the league since the mid-season hiatus, having taken seven points from a possible nine.
And their afternoon got off to the perfect start in the sixth minute when Nobbs scored her first goal of the season with a spectacular effort from 40 yards that lobbed City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.
City, who beat Arsenal 1-0 at Meadow Park in reverse fixture in May, rarely threatened in the first half and their only effort came on 19 minutes when Emma Byrne pushed behind Isobel Christiansen's shot from distance.
Arsenal were the better side for the majority of the first half with Yankey twice going close with with efforts from the edge of the box and the industrious Nobbs providing a constant threat.
The hosts began the second half brightly but Arsenal struck a killer blow in the 58th minute when Carter slotted past Bardsley to double their lead.
Yankey added a third 10 minutes later after good work from Turid Knaak gifted the winger a simple tap in.
City pushed forward in an attempt to reduce the arrears, with former Gunner Steph Houghton and Emma Lipman forcing saves out of Byrne. However, Arsenal were superior in front of goal and scored their fourth when Stoney converted from a corner with nine minutes remaining.
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