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Our women's team were back in action at London Colney on Thursday after returning from the October international break.

Vivianne Miedema, Jordan Nobbs and Lia Walti were among those in action as Joe Montemurro's side prepared for Sunday's Women's Super League clash with Chelsea. 

Our club photographer was there, too, and sent back these pictures:

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Team news: An update on Kim Little

Kim Little

Our medical team have issued an update on Kim Little.

The Scotland international suffered an injury in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Chelsea, and was replaced by Katie McCabe after 64 minutes.

Here’s what our medical team had to say:

on Little…

Following a heavy tackle in the 5-0 win against Chelsea, Kim Little suffered a fractured fibula and will now miss up to 10 weeks.

Post-Match Report

Chelsea 0-5 Arsenal: How it happened

Arsenal Women celebrate

WHAT HAPPENED

We made it four wins from four in the Women’s Super League on Sunday as we produced a stunning display to beat champions Chelsea 5-0 at Kingsmeadow.

It was the hosts who started on the front foot - and they came close to punishing us inside the fourth minute. Fran Kirby squared the ball to Adelina Engman who was free inside the box, but Pauline Peyraud-Magnin was quick off her line to make a vital save.

Vivianne Miedema then tried her luck from 20 yards, before Engman’s effort from a tight angle was deflected behind for a corner.

We continued to play our football, though, and in the 21st minute we got our reward. Engman brought down Emma Mitchell inside the box following a lung-busting run down the left wing - and Kim Little made no mistake from 12 yards.

Chelsea went on to regain possession, but this provided us with the space we needed to counter. Little received the ball high up the pitch and charged at the Chelsea defence before slipping through Miedema, who raced in on goal and fired past Carly Telford.

Following the break Drew Spence found space inside the box and looked to have a free shot at goal, but Leah Williamson was there to make a stunning last-ditch tackle on the line. 

Moments later, Jordan Nobbs made it three with a fine strike from the tightest of angles. Our captain raced down the right wing, saw Telford off her line and delivered a powerful right-footed effort into the top left corner.

Joe Montemurro’s side were playing with real confidence by this point, and less than five minutes later Miedema scored her second of the afternoon after being teed up by Beth Mead. 

Mead had caused the hosts problems all afternoon - and she went on to create our fifth. Racing down the right wing, she played an inch-perfect pass into the path of Nobbs, who fizzed a shot into the bottom corner.

As the game drew to a close the Blues continually looked to find an opening behind our defence, but we stood strong to inflict Chelsea’s first home defeat since May 2016. 

WHAT IT MEANS

We’ve maintained our place at the top of the WSL table.

WSL table

WHAT’S NEXT

We now turn our attention to our Women’s Super League clash with Reading on Sunday, October 21.

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 2pm (UK time) -and you can buy your tickets here

Interview

‘We went for it, and just never stopped’

Leah Williamson

We extended our winning run in the Women’s Super League to four games on Sunday with a 5-0 win over Chelsea - but it could have been a different story.

Shortly after half-time with us leading 2-0, Drew Spence found a yard of space inside the box and looked to have a free shot at goal. Leah Williamson, however, was on hand to make a stunning last-ditch tackle to avert the danger.

We spoke to the England international after the game - and this is what she said:

on her assessment of the team’s performance…
I’m really happy and I’m happy for the girls. Our strikers have been putting in some great performances so far this season and everyone was going to say today if they didn’t do it that we can only do it against the other teams, so to come away from last year's winners with a win is brilliant. They’ve remained unbeaten at home for almost two years now so it’s pretty important for us.

on fighting back after a slow start…
Even on a personal note that wasn’t my best performance on the ball, but I think us defenders knew that we had a job today and like I say, we credit our strikers at the minute so we need to just give them the platform to go and do what they need to do. I think it was a bit shaky at the start, but we showed a great reaction and we really went for it and never stopped, so that’s really good.

on scoring five against a Chelsea side who only conceded 13 times in the WSL last season…
It’s not easy. This is my point - we’ve come here and played our game. I’m just really, really happy for the girls and I think that’s what they deserve. They’re great finishers and we’ve got some great attacking players in our team, and we’ve also got some great defenders as you’ve seen today, so that’s really important.

on her last-ditch tackle after the break…
Personally I don’t think I had a great game today on the ball, but my job is to be a defender and to help keep the ball out of the net. It looked dramatic but as long as it stays out of the net then I don’t really care how it happens.

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'To go away, win with style... I’m very happy’

Nobbs celebrates against Chelsea

We ran out 5-0 winners over Chelsea at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, ending their 25-game unbeaten streak in the Women’s Super League.

Joe Montemurro’s side have typically smothered their opponents with possession over the course of the season so far, but against Chelsea, we altered our style and looked to create on the counter. 

We spoke to Montemurro after the final whistle - and this is what he said:

on his overall assessment of the game...
It’s difficult to say because I didn’t think the football was magnificent, but you expect that in a derby and a game of this situation. They were very good in the first couple of minutes and had a chance and maybe could have a penalty, then after that we started to take over. We controlled the game, created chances and worked on the gaps that we thought we could exploit  - and it worked!

on the way that his side reacted to a slow start…
I keep on saying that Chelsea are a powerful team and if they get an opportunity to score then we would have been in trouble. These are the sort of things that happen in these games, they’re moments and in the end we had even more chances to make it a bigger result, but that’s the game. It’s moments and how you react to the moments – and as I keep on saying, they’re a very good side and we took our chances today.

on choosing to counter against Chelsea…
It was always going to be that sort of game because they push a lot of players and they attack with five or six players, so we had to be a little bit smarter and a little more restricted in terms of retaining the ball, but we had to be more direct and it worked. 

on finally beating Chelsea…
It’s nice! Especially to beat a team that hasn’t been beaten here in a long time and to come away from home and do it with a little bit of style. I’m very happy.

on our attack scoring five against a Chelsea side who only conceded 13 times last season…
We’ve been working on transitions because we knew that would be the game. They attack in numbers and they leave spaces at the back, so we felt that with a smart and patient press, as well as taking little risks, we could find the space behind their defence. 

on Williamson’s stunning last-ditch tackle at 2-0…
Those are the moments! There were also opportunities that they saved and it could have been worse for them, but those are the moments. There were three of four moments where it could have changed the game and that’s quality high-level football. That’s what we’re here for and we just hope that we put on a good show for the fans.

on fans thinking of a title challenge…
It’s still early! We have a very big game against Reading next week and they’re a very good side, so we now need to focus on that and make sure we’re ready for that.

on whether playing against top sides in pre-season helped us to beat Chelsea…
Absolutely. Let’s not kid ourselves, Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe, they’re a very good side and today they were exposed, but I expect them to come back bigger and better.

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Little nominated for September Player of the Month

Kim Little has been nominated for September’s PFA Bristol Street Motors Fan's Women's Player of the Month Award. 

The Scotland international scored in all three of our Women’s Super League fixtures over September - meaning she’s now scored in each of her last six outings for club and country.

This is the first time in 111 years that the PFA are conducting a women's vote - so follow this link to help Kim win!

Voting finishes at 8am (UK time) on Monday, October 15

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