by Andrew Crawshaw
I know its an Interlul for the Men’s Teams but there is Arsenal Football this evening at Meadow Park when our Ladies take on Reading in their first game of the Women’s Super League (WSL). I’m heading to the game and will welcome a chat with any Untolder’s who will be there. I’ll be wearing my usual black leather cowboy hat. Do say hello is you see me.
Arsenal have made five signings over the closed season so we will be able to welcome some (if not all of) Fara Williams MBE (the most capped England player ever – 150 and counting) , Danielle Van de Donk (Dutch international midfielder), Katie McCabe (Irish international forward), Josephine Henning (German international defender) and Asisat Oshoala (Nigerian international forward).
Carla Humphrey and Rachel Yankey MBE have both left on loan.
Main opposition within the League are likely to remain Chelsea and Manchester City who both finished ahead of Arsenal last season and thus qualified for European competition and our main objective this year must be to finish either first or second in the league.
We got off to a solid start to the season on Sunday with a hard fought win in the FA Cup against Birmingham, winning 5 – 3 on penalties after the game finished 1 – 1 and neither team scored in extra time.
Three points tonight must be our main objective though. With only nine teams in the league points dropped are far more difficult to make up than in the Premier League.
Our opponents are Reading newly promoted from WSL2 for this season – they are a younger and less experienced team than Arsenal, but also won their Cup game at the weekend so mustn’t be taken lightly. Last season their top scores in all competitions were midfielder Emma Folis (13) and forward Helen Ward (12). Both Emma and Helen are still with the club and I’m sure our players have been well briefed to be particularly aware of these two in particular.
With virtually every member of our squad being a full international this is a game that we should be looking to win reasonably comfortably, but football is never that predictable.
Possible Arsenal team
Scott (C), Mitchell, Stoney, Henning
Williams, Janssen, Nobbs
Natalia, Carter, Oshoala
van Veenendaal (GK), Sampson, Rose, Losada, Williamson, Corredera, Smith, McCabe
I’ll try and post updates from time to time as the game proceeds.
Last season’s table…
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