Arsenal v Sunderland: The Brief

We are back in Women’s Super League action this weekend against Sunderland at Meadow Park, following a pair of mixed results in the Continental Tyres Cup.

Although he won’t be present for the game on Sunday, our new manager Joe Montemurro, who was appointed earlier in the week, will be watching from afar as he prepares to make the move to north London from Australia.


Sunderland trail us by just one point after four games, with two wins and two losses this season.

Having begun the campaign with a win on the road at Reading, the Black Cats fell to defeats against Chelsea and Liverpool, either side of a win against Yeovil Town.

In the Continental Cup, a draw against Durham and a 3-1 win against Aston Villa has put Sunderland joint-top of Group One North with Liverpool.


Beth Mead has five goals so far this season

With five goals in all competitions so far this season, Beth Mead will be hoping to keep up her good run of goalscoring form against her former club.

The 22-year-old striker left Sunderland in the summer after six years at the club, where she scored 77 goals in 78 games.

Mead grabbed her first goals for us with a brace at London Bees and also struck against Everton, Millwall Lionesses and Reading.


We were held to a goalless draw in our WSL Spring Series opener at the Black Cats.

Sari van Veenendaal was called into action early on in the tie to deny a header, while Heather O’Reilly came close before the half-time break, but we failed to break the deadlock in South Shields.


We’ll be providing live updates on our Twitter account - @ArsenalWFC

Kick-off is at 2pm (UK time)

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