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Arsenal football resumes on Saturday – Arsenal Ladies v Sunderland Ladies

by Andrew Crawshaw

After an Interlul Ladies Womens Super League matches re-start this weekend with a home game at Meadow Park Borehamwood against Sunderland Ladies.  Kick-off is 14:00 on Saturday 25 June.

Here is the current League Table

Pos Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Man City 7 6 1 0 15 19
2 Chelsea 6 5 0 1 8 15
3 Birmingham City 7 3 2 2 0 11
4 Liverpool 7 2 2 3 0 8
5 Arsenal 5 2 1 2 -1 7
6 Notts County 5 1 1 3 -2 4
7 Reading 6 0 4 2 -3 4
8 Sunderland 6 0 3 3 -7 3
9 Doncaster 3 0 0 3 -10 0

Manchester City are, so far at least, the team to beat with Chelsea close on their heels.  Arsenal, on the face of it a long way behind but do have games in hand over all of the teams above us.  Our two losses are to City and Chelsea, our draw was against Birmingham.

In our game against City we were reduced to ten players with Jemma Rose being dismissed for a trip in the first half, despite City player Houghton giving away a free kick for a very similar offence earlier in the game.  It seems as though it isn’t only the men’s teams who are suffering from selective refereeing this season.

In the Chelsea game we dominated for large portions of the game but never really looked like getting a result.

Our draw was against Birmingham, who were far more physical and allowed to intimidate our players.

We did get revenge over Chelsea on 14 May in the FA Cup Final running out winners through an excellent shot by Dan Carter in the 18th minute of the game.  Since then, our team has had a trip to the USA where we drew with Seattle Reign and there has been a round of international matches.

Leah Williamson is probably out for the rest of the season as she picked up a bad ankle injury eight minutes into the Seattle game.  She has had surgery and is now on the long road to recovery.  Best wishes to her from us of all at Untold.

As I said, the match is at the Meadow Park ground, Borehamwood, kick off 14:00 on Saturday.  Tickets are £6 adults, £3 concessions and there is a family ticket for £15 (2 adults and 2 children U16).  There is always a good atmosphere, games are children friendly and the catering is quite adequate (jumbo sausages/hot dogs are £3.50, other options available).  There is an adjacent public car park (but get there early) and Elstree and Borehamwood Station (Network Rail) is about a 25 minute walk away.

Here is a link to buy tickets, they are available on the gate but it is better to buy on line and print them out at home.

Click here to buy matchday tickets to the Gunner’s upcoming matches.

We played Sunderland in the FA Cup and ran our convincing 5 – 0 winners, and I’m hopeful of a repeat performance this time.

Given our less than stellar start to the season there is no scope for any more losses if we are to force our way into the top two in the league and get entry into the Champions League for 2017/18.  We have the players to do it but need better all round performances than those we have produced so far.

Our possible team for Saturday

Sari Van Veenendaal

Alex Scott (c), Casey Stoney, Josephene Henning, Emma Mitchell

Diminique Janssen, Jordan Nobbs, Kelly Smith, Dan Carter, Asisat Oshaola

Jody Taylor

Subs – Emma Byrne (GK), Fara Williams, Vicky Losada, Marta Corredera, Danielle Van de Donk, Natalia Pablos Sanchon

Looking a little further ahead, the Ladies next games are Birmingham v Arsenal on Wednesday 29 June, ko 19:45; Chelsea v Arsenal on Sunday 17 July ko 15:00 and Arsenal v Liverpool on Sunday 31 July at Borehamwood ko 15:00 (all shown live on BT Sport in UK).  There is also a non-televised game on 10 July at Borehamwood against Notts County Ladies with a 14:00 kick off

I’m expecting to be at the ground on Saturday and will hopefully have a post game celebratory piece for Sunday.


The Under 18, Under 19, and Under 21 squads.

Part one – Overview and summary

Part two – Goalkeepers and defenders

Part three – Midfield

Part four – Attackers

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6 comments to Arsenal football resumes on Saturday – Arsenal Ladies v Sunderland Ladies

  • colario

    Thanks for this info.

    This confirms what we here new to be true but not said here. Arsenal didn’t want him so he had no choice but for more of the same with a bigger bash of pocket money.

    Time was we could respect the BBC for its objective serious reporting.

    Now their reports are no better than the spoof reports we are supplied with from the ‘Hardy’ writer.

  • norman14

    Typical of the UK media’s one sided reporting.

    To speak to Vardy, we had to first meet the release clause. We did that, then had discussions with “Team Vardy”.

    After that, nothing, and last weekend Arsene more or less confirmed that he had lost interest in signing Vardy.

    However, it’s now reported that Vardy has “snubbed” Arsenal.

    Maybe now we can get on with recruiting proper footballers.

  • Josif


    In order to lose interest, you first had to had one. We wanted Vardy, he didn’t want to sign for Arsenal due to unknown reasons and that’s it.

    For me, it’s great news for everyone who love Arsenal as Vardy doesn’t fit into our set of values.

    The only bad thing is that I can already see this story in Vardy’s movie, Arsenal being presented as vultures who want to pick players from po’ Leicester because they finished ahead of us last season and Vardy as a romantic hero who didn’t want to leave Leicester for bigger money elsewhere. I can puke already.

  • Al

    Thanks Andrew for keeping us informed of how the ladies team, and youth teams, are faring. There is more to Arsenal than the first team.

    Phew, the Vardy circus is over…gotta say I’m relieved this one didn’t happen. Don’t worry guys; snubbed, rejected, whatever, what matters is this will allow us to sign a proper Arsenal type player, one who will be long-term too.

  • Leon

    That’s the sort of “snub” you’d pay good money to see. Best Arsenal news since we first read of making a bid for him. I can’t say that I’m at all impressed with the other strikers we’re being associated with, so perhaps we’ll have to make do with what we already have.

  • Leon


    Vardy & “romantic hero” are three words that should never appear together in the same sentence. 😱