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Arsenal Women v Millwall Lionesses: The Brief

We welcome Millwall Lionesses to Meadow Park on Sunday afternoon, with a place in the FA Women’s Cup quarter-final on the line. 

THE OPPOSITION

Two-time winners of this competition (in 1991 and 1997), this weekend’s opponents reached the fifth round after a convincing 4-1 win over Coventry United. Lee Burch’s side go into the game in excellent form - they’ve won eight and drawn one of their nine WSL 2 matches this season, though they were deducted three points for the incorrect registration of a player in November last year. Former Gunners Charlotte Devlin and Rianna Dean are regular starters and have particularly impressed during this campaign. The former has scored seven goals in 13 league appearances this season, the latter scored a hat-trick in the last round.  

A WORD FROM THE BOSS

“The Women’s FA Cup is a special competition - it’s known across the globe and has great prestige. It was also really pleasing to see that both the semi-finals and the final will be shown live on the BBC. That’s exciting for the game and certainly helps the growth of the sport in this country… I know Millwall are a famous name in women’s football and they look to be back on the rise, just a point off the top of the WSL2 table. From what I’ve seen of them, they look well organised and will be really keen to show they are worthy of playing at the highest level when they take us on.” - Joe Montemurro

LAST TIME WE MET

Three goals in the final 15 minutes propelled us to a win over Millwall when we met in the Continental Tyres Cup back in November. Burch’s side twice came from behind at St Paul’s Sports Ground, after Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs had twice given us the advantage. Nobbs restored our advantage with a quarter of an hour to play, before Danielle Carter and Lauren James completed the scoring. 

FOLLOW THE ACTION

We will be providing live updates on our Twitter account - @ArsenalWFC
 
Kick-off is at 2pm (UK time)