Vivianne Miedema’s double helped Arsenal to an outstanding 4-0 win towards Tottenham in a North London derby that smashed the WSL attendance report.
47,367 followers packed into the Emirates to observe the Gunners sweep apart their native rivals, smashing the earlier report of 38,262 when Arsenal and Spurs performed on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November 2019.
Arsenal made certain their supporters went away comfortable in addition to Beth Mead fired the hosts forward inside 5 minutes. Her preliminary shot was blocked, however she immediately obtained it again earlier than curling a chic effort previous Becky Spencer. It was Mead’s third purpose within the opening two video games of the WSL as she continues her high quality kind from Euro 2022.
The Gunners had possibilities both aspect of Mead’s fifth-minute strike too. The winger additionally had an opportunity properly blocked after an outstanding squared go from Lia Walti and, after the Gunners had taken the lead, Kate McCabe fired simply over the crossbar.
- Arsenal made one change from their WSL opener as Steph Cately changed Stina Blackstenius. The Swedish ahead was additionally one of many gamers who rotated out after a 2-2 draw with Ajax of their midweek Champions League qualifier, with Noelle Maritz and Lina Hurtig additionally dropping to the bench.
- Spurs made three modifications from final weekend. Celin Bizet Ildhusoy made her first begin, coming into the XI together with Kyah Simon and So-Hyun Cho. Rosella Ayane, Angharad James and Asmita Ale dropped out of the XI.
Arsenal captain Kim Little had some areas of the record-breaking crowd celebrating an Arsenal second on the half-hour. Nonetheless, her fierce strike on the angle solely discovered the aspect of the web because the Gunners continued to press.
The hosts lastly added their second shortly earlier than the break. It was a catastrophic error from Spurs as Eveliina Summanen failed to regulate a go from Spencer, permitting Miedema (44) by means of to fit house her first of the sport.
Each of Arsenal’s targets got here from corners within the second half as Tottenham continued to battle defensively. Inside 10 minutes, Mead swung in an exquisite ball, with Rafaelle Souza (54) rising above two defenders to energy her header house.
Miedema was on course once more as Arsenal surprised Spurs with a brief nook. Steph Catley despatched within the ball, with the ahead beating Spencer within the air to nod house. Leah Williamson might have added a late fifth, however her looping header landed on high of the web.
The Gunners have been in management all through, with Tottenham not having any possibilities of be aware. A lot of the efforts went properly large of Manuela Zinsberger’s purpose, with the Arsenal goalkeeper becoming a member of the 47,367 followers inside the bottom as a spectator for a lot of the match.
Arsenal have now received their final 10 WSL matches, scoring 95 targets and conceding simply twice. The clear sheet was their eighth in a row – one other WSL report.
Arsenal go to Amsterdam on Wednesday to face Ajax within the second leg of their Ladies’s Champions League qualifier. The tie is finely poised at 2-2 following the primary leg at Meadow Park, with the winner reaching the group stage.
A global break then follows with the WSL returning on the weekend of October 15-16.
What else is occurring within the WSL this weekend?
There are 5 extra WSL fixtures happening on Sunday, together with two dwell on Sky Sports activities:
- Brighton vs Studying (2pm)
- Leicester vs Aston Villa (3pm)
- West Ham vs Man Utd (3pm)
- Chelsea vs Man Metropolis, dwell on Sky Sports activities (4pm)
- Liverpool vs Everton, dwell on Sky Sports activities (6.45pm)