Clinical Arsenal demonstrates strength in depth with their twelfth consecutive WSL victory

Arsenal’s Caitlin Foord fights for possession with Liverpool’s Yana Daniels and Emma Koivisto – Getty Images

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Vivianne Miedema, the Women’s Super League’s all-time top scorer, being excluded from Arsenal’s starting squad was a pretty unthinkable prospect, but for the second time in four days Jonas Eidevall has chosen to name the club’s biggest star as a replacement. The fact that they still got another relatively comfortable win regardless shows just how deep strength the north London club now has at Eidevall’s disposal, as they supported midweek dismantling of European champions Lyon by beating Liverpool in Prenton. Park.

Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo, there was no hint that Miedema refused to play or rushed into the tunnel before the end of a match: the Dutch striker, who signed a new contract in May after much speculation about the her future, she was named 77th – minute reserve – but there were still a few words exchanged between Eidevall and a frustrated-looking Miedema on the pitch full-time.

Exactly what they were discussing was unclear and Eidevall refused to get involved on the subject later, describing that chat as “internal”. Miedema is believed to have wrist strain and wore protective straps during the match, but her omission is believed to have come solely to reward her replacement Frida Maanum for a superb midweek performance in the Women’s Champions League.

Norway’s Maanum was on impact again and was back on the scoresheet as she cleverly made her way into the penalty area and produced a goal near the post for the 2-0, shortly after Switzerland’s Lia Walti scored. sweetly first goal in the first half volley after Liverpool only partially managed to clear a corner at the start. Australian Caitlin Foord also hit the post for Arsenal, who were in control for most of the match.

Praising Maanum’s display, Eidevall said, “She works incredibly hard and it’s great to see she gets the rewards from a long period of really hard work in training and being ready when the opportunity presents itself.” Following the question of whether Miedema will have to work hard to regain his seat, Eidevall once again seemed reluctant to draw attention to the matter, simply saying “everyone at Arsenal must work hard” rather than directing any comments to Miedema, who has scored two goals in four WSL games this term.

Gilly Flaherty of Liverpool Women competing with Beth Mead of Arsenal Women - Liverpool FC

Gilly Flaherty of Liverpool Women competing with Beth Mead of Arsenal Women – Liverpool FC

The result, Arsenal’s 12th consecutive WSL win in a series that dates back to last season, saw them equal the WSL record of consecutive wins and with a home game coming up against West Ham United to follow next Sunday, this team Arsenal looks poised to break that record. This was also a record for the 10th WSL clean sheet for the visitors, who continue to fare well despite the absence of both of their two first-choice center-backs, England captain Leah Williamson and Brazilian Rafaelle Souza.

And it is their unchanging form despite not having influential stars like Williamson, Souza and Miedema that is setting Arsenal this season apart from last season’s Arsenal.

They have yet to concede a league goal this season, though Liverpool came close to changing that when Taylor Hinds’ dangerous cross was cut inches from the far post by Arsenal’s Steph Catley, who narrowly avoided. score an own goal, and Arsenal from Austria Goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger produced a consistent performance in goal.

Liverpool manager Matt Beard also thought his team should have taken a penalty when Catley appeared to hit herself in the arm with the ball during the throw-in attempt, with Beard saying, “We just didn’t get the touch of the green. in some areas We had a clear penalty that was not given, I’m not happy with his [the referee’s] view of it. This could change the game a bit, the objectives change the games. “

Beard, however, also summed up the opponent’s first few weeks of the season by saying: “Everything Arsenal touches at the moment turns into gold.” If their shape continues, they could get their hands on some silverware in May.

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