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Arsenal Ladies pre-season update

by Andrew Crawshaw

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The Ladies have just had their pre-season photo shoot here is the main picture courtesy of Arsenal.com

Back row Natalia Pablos Sanchon (7), Katie McCabe (15), Leah Williamson (14), Emma Mitchell (3), Marta Corredera (17), Danielle Van de Donk (21)

Middle row Farah Williams (4), Jemma Rose (19), Dominique Janssen (20), Sari  van Veenendaal (13), Emma Byrne (1), Vyan Sampson (12), Chloe Kelly (18), Vicky Losada(6)

Front row Danielle Carter (9), Jordan Nobbs (8), Alex Scott (2), Manager Pedro Losa, Kelly Smith MBE (10),  Casey Stoney (5), Rachel Yankey MBE (11)

The photo gives a good idea of the make-up of our main squad for the season, which has a number of changes from last year.  We are allowed a squad of 21 so it would seem likely that there will be one further addition in the near future.  It is rumoured that this will be the 21 year old Nigerian International forward Asisat Oshoala after we activated a clause in her Liverpool Ladies Contract.  Any deal will be subject to her being granted a work permit and agreeing personal terms.

The main change in our squad for this season is the signing of Fara Williamson from Liverpool.  She is the most capped international player and plays as defensive midfield.

Other newcomers are Katie McCabe an Irish winger and Danielle Van de Donk a more attacking midfielder.

Two players have gone out on loan Carla Humphrey and Hollie Augustus

The 15 members of our Development team squad are

  • 24 Lotte Wubben-Moy
  • 25 Evie Clarke
  • 26 Rianna Dean
  • 27 Sian Rogers
  • 28 Charlotte Devlin
  • 29 Chiara Richie-Williams
  • 30 Georgia Allen
  • 31 Lucy Parker
  • 32 Kelsey Kiely
  • 33 Phillipa Cowley
  • 35 Chloe Bruton-Wilde
  • 36 Florence Fyfe
  • 37 Jessica Driscoll
  • 39 Alysha Stojko-Down
  • 40 Shona Allen

The Ladies fixtures start on 20 March with a FA Women’s Cup 5th round tie, (we’ll know who we are playing after the 4th round on 28 February.

The first league game is on 23 March at Borehamwood against Reading.  I would urge you to put this Wednesday in your diary to come along and support the ladies.  Their football is good and the refereeing normally far better than the men get.

Last season the table for the WSL 1 (the top division) ended…

Pos. Team Pld W D L  F  A  GD Pts
1  Chelsea 14 10 2 2 30 10 +20 32
2 Manchester City Women 14 9 3 2 25 11 +14 30
3  Arsenal Ladies 14 8 3 3 21 13 +8 27
4 Sunderland 14 6 2 6 24 24 0 20
5 Notts C 14 4 3 7 20 20 0 15
6 Birmingham 14 3 4 7 7 14 -7 13
7 Liverpool 14 4 1 9 15 24 -9 13
8 Bristol Academy 14 2 2 10 12 38 -26 8

The second division (WSL 2) ended with Reading, whom we play first this season, as champions, and so promoted.  Their campaign included the highest score of the season 8-0 against London Bees.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Reading 18 14 3 1 61 15 +46 45
2 Doncaster Rovers Belles 18 14 3 1 57 15 +42 45
3 Everton 18 8 7 3 43 24 +19 31
4 Yeovil Town 18 9 4 5 36 23 +13 31
5 Aston Villa 18 7 4 7 29 28 +1 25
6 Oxford United 18 7 3 8 26 40 −14 24
7 Durham 18 6 2 10 24 32 −8 20
8 London Bees 18 3 4 11 19 53 −34 13
9 Millwall Lionesses 18 2 6 10 17 39 −22 12
10 Watford 18 1 2 15 12 55 −43 5

From the information available it seems that Bristol Academy were relegated, but Reading and Doncaster both promoted, with Bristol Academy changing their name to Bristol City.  They will be joined in WSL 2 by Sheffield Football Club Ladies – an interesting team, in that they are the Ladies team of Sheffield FC which proclaims itself The World’s First Football Club, having been formed in 1857.

Sheffield won the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division in 2014–15 and so have now been promoted to WSL2.

More as the season gets underway.

The Untold Books

The latest Untold book is Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970 with an introduction by Bob Wilson, available both as a paperback and as a Kindle book from Amazon.   Details of this and our other titles can be foundArsenal Books on this site.

Anniversaries

5 February 1921: Last game for Fred Pagnam: Sunderland 5 Arsenal 1.  He had testified against his own team mates in the Liverpool/Man U match fixing scandal of 1915 – and comes over as a man of great honour at a time when every dirty trick possible was being pulled.

5 February 1926: Joe Hulme signed by Chapman from Blackburn.  He went on to play 333 league games across a 13 year spell; a 1930’s version of Thierry Henry, an absolute master at counter-attacking at pace.

1 comment to Arsenal Ladies pre-season update

  • Gord

    Thanks Andrew.

    I would like to see more Canadians show up on this team, but maybe the North American scouts don’t get up north too often because it is too cold?