Mackenzie Arnold has been, quite literally, saving West Ham so far this season, being one of the main reasons for their success. The keeper has already saved two penalties- one of which secured them the three points over in-form Aston Villa, when the Hammers were 2-1 up in the 84th minute.
The game against the Villains was when she was able to show off all her talents, as the second half saw her face 15 shots- 7 of which were on target- just before she had to save West Ham yet again from the spot.
Arnold has been the Hammers first team goalkeeper for the last 2 years now, cementing her spot, and showing why she is also Australia’s number one heading into their home World cup.
As spoken about before, West Ham’s defensive issues have been a big problem for them, but Arnold’s save rate of 73.7% eases this pressure.
Click on the video below to see just how incredible Arnold is, even against one of the top sides in Women’s Football.
The 27-year-old has also allowed Paul Konchesky’s side to play more controlled football, by being so confident with her feet, which has allowed West Ham to play out from the back calmly- inevitably creating more attacking chances.
Hopefully Arnold can keep saving the Hammers throughout this season, to keep their top 4 spot chances alive, and so, she herself, can be ready for the World Cup in July.
Up next for the Irons is a home tie against Brighton and Hove Albion this Sunday at the Chigwell Construction Stadium at 2pm.