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Katie McCabe nominated for Player of the Month

Katie McCabe

Katie McCabe has been shortlisted for the January PFA Bristol Street Motors Player of the Month award .

The Republic of Ireland international started in all three of our Women’s Super League fixtures throughout January, providing energy, pace and width down the left flank.

The 23-year-old even capped off her impressive performance against Reading with a stunning strike from distance.

Voting runs until 8am on Monday, February 11, so make sure you support McCabe by following this link.

Post-Match Report

Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal: How it happened

Arsenal Women

WHAT HAPPENED 

We were knocked out of SSE Women’s FA Cup on Sunday after losing 3-0 to Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.

We dominated possession throughout and created some dangerous chances, but the Blues were all too clinical on the counter.

Beth Mead carved open the game’s first opportunity when her looping volley forced Ann-Katrin Berger into a difficult save. However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring.

Emma Mitchell lost possession 40 yards from goal, allowing Erin Cuthbert to charge at our defence and tee up Bethany England, who found the bottom corner with a cool first-time finish.

We came close to providing an instant response when Katie McCabe cut inside from the right and fired at goal, but her low drive hit the woodwork.

Shortly after, Dominique Bloodworth’s curling effort was pushed behind for a corner, before Mead’s volley sailed just wide of the post.

The chances continued to fall our way, but with just over five minutes to go before the break, Jonna Andersson found the back of the net from 20 yards with a powerful effort.

Joe Montemurro would have hoped for a positive reaction after the break - but much to his frustration, the second half followed a similar pattern.

Mead’s flicked effort was well saved by Berger, before England raced up the other end and scored her second of the afternoon with a thumping finish.

WHAT’S NEXT 

We must now prepare for our Women’s Super League clash against Yeovil Town on Wednesday, February 20.

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 7:30pm (UK time).

Photo credit: Daniela Porcelli 

Interview

Quinn I’m so proud to hit 50 appearances

Quinn

Louise Quinn made her 50th appearance for the club during our 2-1 win over Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Continental League Cup.

The Republic of Ireland international was reliable as ever at the heart of our defence, and if it wasn’t for a brilliant goalline clearance from Katie Zelem, she would have found herself on the scoresheet too. 

We spoke to Quinn after the final whistle - and this is what she said:

on the overall performance…
I thought we definitely controlled it in patches, but then we also kind of let it go in a few moments too. We had general control over the first half, but it was only from our own mistakes where they were able to get through. It was unfortunate that they scored, especially as we should have scored a few more, but they were always going to be a tough team. They really went at us for 90 minutes and they made it a really tough semi-final. Overall, though, I think we deserved it and now we just need to pick it up for the final.

on wasted chances…
I think we could and should have finished them off earlier, and their goal got them right back into the game with 10 minutes to go and we put ourselves under pressure. We’ve just got to finish teams off earlier.

on making her 50th appearance for the club…
I didn’t know until tonight! That’s something I’m really, really proud of and I’m thankful to get this far and continue playing. I hope there’s many more games to come.

on Miedema stepping up again…
She scores under pressure and she always scores when we need her to. She’s a great finisher. We have those players all over the pitch. Kim really controls the game and knows how to settle a game down. We have those players who can make the difference. We have a really talented squad so we just need to keep pushing forward. Our aim now is to win the Conti Cup and then we can go from there. FA Cup, WSL, we want it all. As long as we keep working hard, the success will hopefully follow.

on fatigue in the squad…
We’ve got a 10-day break now until our next game, so that’s going to be great for us. We’re going to be able to properly train and properly rest this week, which is what we need. It was a short turnaround for this game, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. We’ll have a couple of days off here and there and then we’ll be ready for the next challenge.

Photo credit: Daniela Porcelli 

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd: How it happened

Arsenal Women

WHAT HAPPENED 

A Vivianne Miedema brace booked our place in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final on Thursday night, as we ran out 2-1 winners over Manchester United.

The Netherlands international has now scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, while Louise Quinn delivered a dominant defensive performance on her 50th appearance for the club.

Katie McCabe carved open the game’s first chance, shifting the ball on to her left foot and firing over from the edge of the box, before Jess Sigsworth raced beyond Emma Mitchell and fizzed a low effort narrowly wide. 

The visitors then went on to enjoy a brief spell of possession, but this created space for us to attack - and following an inch-perfect pass from Dominique Bloodworth, Miedema opened the scoring.

The Netherlands international latched on to Bloodworth’s incisive pass, raced through on goal and poked the ball past Siobhan Chamberlain with great composure.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the first half, but on the stroke of half-time, Quinn had a golden opportunity to double our advantage only to see her powerful effort cleared by some fine defending from Katie Zelem.

United troubled us with their defensive organisation during the first half, but following the break, we wasted no time in stamping our authority on the Championship side.

Beth Mead and Leah Williamson forced Chamberlain into saves, before Miedema stepped up once again to make the difference.

The 22-year-old received the ball inside the box, shifted the ball on to her left foot and fired into the back of the net for her second of the evening.

United pulled one back in the 83rd minute through Katie Green, but our defence stood strong to ensure there would be no late drama.

WHAT’S NEXT 

We will face Manchester City in the final of the competition on Saturday, February 23.

The game will take place at Bramall Lane with kick-off at 12.15pm (UK time).

News

WSL fixture against Yeovil rescheduled

Arsenal Women

Our Women’s Super League clash against Yeovil Town has been rescheduled.

The fixture will now take place as under:

Arsenal v Yeovil Town 
Women’s Super League 
Meadow Park, Boreham Wood FC 
Wednesday, February 20 
7.30pm (UK time)

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Lead us out at the Conti Cup final

Arsenal Women walk out

Fancy leading us out at the Continental League Cup final on Saturday, February 23?

All Junior Members are automatically entered into the mascot ballot, so if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning you can still sign up for membership here.

The lucky winner will receive:

  • Full kit - so you look the part
  • Complimentary coach travel from either Emirates Stadium or South Mimms (find out more about travel here)
  • Two match tickets - for you and your parent/guardian

The draw will take place on Friday, February 15 at midday and the lucky winner will be notified on Friday afternoon.

Tickets are available for the final here