A cold and windy afternoon at Meadow Park saw a 1-0 victory for Arsenal over Everton in the Women’s Super League.
Arsenal entered this game in second place, just three points behind Chelsea, so knew the win would be crucial to stay as contenders for the title spot.
Everton knew Arsenal were leading favourites, as their previous meeting saw a 3-0 defeat, but with new signings, they were rightfully hopeful.
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A red sea of fans cheered the game into existence, as Sunny Gill blew the first whistle.
Katie McCabe’s side dominated from the beginning, in which many calm and progressive decisions came from the left side link up of Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Vivianne Miedema.
A roar of ‘Meado’ filled the stadium in the early moments of the game, to show the compassion and solidarity the Arsenal fans have with recently injured Beth Mead.
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Everton did well to not concede the early shots from Frida Maanum, Stina Blackstenius and Miedema, as the many breakthroughs resulted in powerful strikes at goal.
Miedema broke away from a level playing field in the 23rd minute, as a quick cut in from left to right found the top right netting of the goal, which gave Arsenal the lead.
Although the Red Army were in control, the occasional breakthrough for Everton saw brilliant football, in which Jess Park’s impeccable touch and holding of the ball proved to be promising.
Within just seconds of the second half, Arsenal had another shot at goal, but Emily Ramsey’s gloves were a comfortable landing for the ball.
Everton’s defence appeared as an unstoppable unit in the 55th minute, as multiple shots from Miedema were either deflected from Ramsey or cleared off the line by different defenders.
An exceptional amount of free kicks were awarded to both teams in this half, alongside two yellow cards for Everton, however none resulted in a goal. A standout free kick was from Everton in the added 5 minutes, which caused tension to fill the stadium.
This half appeared exciting and refreshing for many gooners, as Leah Williamson returned from injury to play her 200th game for The Arsenal.
A quieter second half goal wise, but an extremely tense back and forth game, saw Arsenal collect the three points and reclaim their top spot.
Arsenal WFC player of the match was no other than goal scorer Miedema!
Previous leaders Chelsea now play Leicester City, in which the result will be crucial for the league standings ahead of next week’s games.
Jonas Eidevall’s side face Aston Villa next Sunday in their next WSL game.
However the Emirates hosts their Champions League fixture against Juventus on Wednesday 7th December, so many exciting minutes of football from the Gunners are to be seen before the break.