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The Arsenal Ladies Update and Preview of their FA Cup Match on Sunday

by Andrew Crawshaw

The Arsenal Ladies start their competitive season this coming Sunday with an FA Cup Fifth round match against Spurs.  The match is at Borehamwood and kicks off at 14:00.  The full draw is :-

  • Manchester City v Reading
  • Notts County v Yeovil Town
  • Liverpool v Everton
  • Arsenal v Spurs
  • Sunderland v Aston Villa
  • Birmingham City v WBA
  • Bristol v Millwall
  • Chelsea v Doncaster Rovers

For those of you not followers of the Ladies teams their positions relative to each other doesn’t necessarily reflect the order in the Men’s game.

The top flight of Ladies Football is the WSL 1st Division and comprises 10 teams from the following Clubs.  (I have listed them in the order we play them in the League)

Notts County, Sunderland, Liverpool, Yeovil Town, Chelsea, Birmingham, Manchester City, Reading, Bristol and Arsenal

Of these Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are probably the strongest based on last year’s performances.

The next division is the WSL 2nd Division which consists of the following 10 clubs

Aston Villa, Brighton, Doncaster Rovers, Durham, Everton, London Bees, Millwall, Oxford, Sheffield and Watford.

Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders, beating Chelsea at Wembley last year by a single goal to nil – but it was a convincing one-nil not a nail biter!  Spurs have done really well to reach this stage as they play two divisions below Arsenal.

The winners advance to the Quarter Final to be played the following weekend, The Semi-Final is currently listed for Monday 17 April and the Final on Saturday 13 May.

The league proper is reverting to winter fixtures this year but a Spring Series has been arranged  to provide clubs and players with some match time.  Each team in the WSL1 will play the others once only.  Arsenal have 4 home games and 5 away, some other clubs will have 5 home games (luck of the draw I suppose).  The Arsenal Games are:-

Date Home Away Venue and time
Sun 23 Apr Arsenal Notts County Meadow Park Borehamwood 14:00
Sun 30 Apr Sunderland Arsenal Hetton Centre 14:00
Thur 4 May Arsenal Liverpool The Hive 19:30
Sun 7 May Yeovil Arsenal Viridor Stadium 14:00
Wed 17 May Chelsea Arsenal Staines Town FC 19:30
Sat 20 May Arsenal Birmingham The Hive 13:00
Sun 28 May Man City Arsenal City Academy Stadium 14:00
Wed 31 May Arsenal Reading The Hive 19:30
Sat 3 Jun Bristol Arsenal Stoke Gifford Stadium 14:00

Tickets for the Home games are available through Arsenal.com and a reduced price for all four home games is £20 adult or £11 concessions Spring Series passes now on sale ladies.  Ticket prices for individual games are Adults £6 and Concessions £3

This list is correct at the moment, the one on Arsenal.com isn’t so be careful.  The full listing of all fixtures of both WSL1 and WSL2 is on the official fawsl.com web site.

The current Arsenal Ladies Squad is

Squad No Position Player Profile
1 GK Sari van Veenendaal Dutch, 03/04/1990, joined July 2015 from FC Twente
2 RB Alex Scott MBE English, 14/10/1984, in her third spell with the club first joined age 9
3 LB Emma Mitchell Scottish, 19/09/1992, joined in 2013
4 MF Fara Williams MBE English, 25/1/1984, joined 2016 from Liverpool
6 MF Leah Williamson English, 29/3/1997, been at Arsenal from age 9
7 Attack Chloe Kelly English, 05/01/1998, Been with Arsenal from childhood
8 MF Jordan Nobbs English, 08/12/1992, joined 2010 from Sunderland
9 Attack Danielle Carter English, 18/5/1993, joined in 2009 from Leyton Orient
10 MF Kim Little Scottish, 29/6/1990, Rejoined Oct 2016
11 MF Carla Humphrey English, 15/12/1996, been with Arsenal from childhood
12 CB Vyan Sampson English, 02/07/1996, joined in 2011 from Charlton
14 Attack Jodie Taylor English, 17/5/1986, joined in March 2016 from Portland Thorns in the USA
15 Attack Katie McCabe Irish, 01/09/1995, joined in Dec 2015 from Irish side Shelbourne Ladies
17 MF Heather O’Reilly American, 02/01/1985, joined 2017 from USA team FC Kansas City
19 CB Jemma Rose English, 19/1/1992, Joined Dec 2014 from Bristol
20 MF Dominique Janssen Dutch, 17/01/1995, joined July 2015 from SSG Essen
21 MF Danielle Van de Donk Dutch, 05/08/1991, joined Nov 2015 from Swedish side Kopparbergs
23 Forward Beth Mead English, 9/5/1995, joined 2017 from Sunderland
27 GK Sian Rogers Member of Arsenal’s Development Squad joined from Birmingham in 2015
28 MF Charlie Devlin Member of Arsenal’s Development Squad, been with Arsenal from age 14
GK Anna Moorhouse English, 30/3/1995, Joined Feb 2017 from Doncaster
CB Lotte Wubben-Moy English, Development team player

Possible Arsenal Team

Sari Van Veenendaal (GK)

Alex Scott, Vyan Simpson, Jemma Rose, Emma Mitchell

Heather O’Reilly, Fara Williams, Jordan Nobbs

Beth Mead, Jodie Taylor, Danielle Carter

Beach

Anna Moorhouse or Sian Rogers (GK), Lotte Wubben-Moy (if recovered from injury), Dominique Janssen, Danielle Van de Donk, Kim Little, Katie McCabe

COYLG

The latest from the Arsenal History Society

We are currently 90% of the way through the most detailed review of Arsenal in the 1930s (the era that made Arsenal into one of the greatest teams) ever written.   The latest articles are

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The Arsenal History Society publishes numerous series of articles exploring different aspects of Arsenal’s history.   You can find an index to all the series to date on the Society’s web site

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