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Beth Mead voted FSF Women’s Player of the Year

Beth Mead

Beth Mead was named Women’s Player of the Year at the Football Supporters Federation Awards on Monday night.

With more than 366,000 votes cast, the FSF Awards are the largest supporter-led awards in the UK - and Mead topped the poll despite facing stiff competition.

She has scored three goals and assisted six times in the Women’s Super League this season, in addition to scoring twice on her full international debut for England in September.

“Since signing for Arsenal, Beth has established herself as a firm favourite amongst the Gunners’ faithful - terrorising opposition full backs with her pace and tenacity and turning goal-provider as well as goalscorer,” said Jen O’Neil, editor of She Kicks magazine. 

Chelsea’s Fran Kirby finished as runner-up, while Remi Allen (Reading), Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland), Keira Walsh (Manchester City) and Ellen White (Birmingham) completed the shortlist.

Post-Match Report

Millwall 1-3 Arsenal - How it happened

Arsenal Women

WHAT HAPPENED

We made it four wins from four in the Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday night as we beat Millwall Lionesses at Princes Park.

Katie McCabe had the first sight of goal when her drilled cross forced Chloe Sansom into a difficult save, before Vivianne Miedema fired over from inside the box.

Lia Walti then charged at the Millwall defence and fired the ball across the face of goal, but Miedema was unable to make contact.

We dominated the opening exchanges, but to the surprise of everyone at Princes Park, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock.

A lack of communication between Lia Walti and Pauline Peyraud-Magnin gave Gabby Ravenscroft a free shot at goal - and the former Arsenal academy product made no mistake with her finish. 

Their opener failed to knock our confidence, though, and in the second half we delivered a faultless five-minute spell, scoring three goals from three shots.

Miedema drew us level with a low drive from 25 yards, before Ruby Grant handed us the lead with her first senior goal for the club.

The midfielder received the ball 30 yards from goal and fired a stunning left-footed effort into the top corner.

Millwall’s defence had been rocked - and shortly after Leah Williamson leapt high inside the box to head home her first goal of the season.

Danielle Van de Donk then tried her luck with an audacious overhead kick, but her effort sailed narrowly wide.

WHAT IT MEANS

We’re through to the knockout stages of the competition having finished top of Group D

WHAT’S NEXT

Our next game is against West Ham United in the Women’s Super League on Sunday, January 6.

The game will take place at West Ham United Training Ground with kick-off at 3pm (UK time).

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Jordan Nobbs surgery update

Jordan Nobbs

Jordan Nobbs underwent a successful operation on Monday to repair an ACL rupture in her left knee. 

She now begins her recovery process with the support of specialist care, but sadly her injury rules her out of the Women’s World Cup next summer. 

England head coach Phil Neville said:  “We are all wishing Jordan a speedy recovery and will be supporting her every step of the way throughout her rehabilitation process. 

“She is an invaluable member of the Lionesses squad and played a huge part in helping us secure our place at next summer’s Women’s World Cup finals in France.   

“Naturally we are disappointed that a player of Jordan’s ability and importance will not be able to take part in the World Cup, but the priority is that she returns to full fitness and can look forward to many exciting years ahead playing for both her club and country.”

Everyone at the club will be supporting Jordan through her recovery.