Arsenal v Charlton, Sunday 25 March – Match preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

Yes there is Arsenal football on Sunday – just not the men.

Arsenal Women will play their postponed SSE FA Women’s Cup quarter final match against Charlton on Sunday afternoon at Meadow Park, Borehamwood with a 14:00 kickoff.

The draw for the semi-finals was made last Monday and the winner of this game will play away at either Everton or Durham so there is a very real chance for us to reach the second cup final of the season and add to the Continental Tyres cup that we won on March 14.

The Final will be held at Wembley on Saturday 5 May with tickets priced at £15 for Adults and free to children.

Of the other teams still in the Competition, Chelsea are already through to the other semi-final beating Liverpool 3 – 0 where they will play wither Manchester City or Sunderland.  The Chelsea match was the only one of the four quarter finals last week not to be postponed due to the weather.

Our Women are in a really good run of results, unbeaten in our last 8 games and we have now kept 7 consecutive clean sheets since we lost a tight game on Jan 07 against Chelsea 3 – 2.  Our results in this run have been :-

Match Date Result Competition
Reading v Arsenal 14 January 2 – 3 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup
Reading v Arsenal 28 January 0 – 0 WSL1
Yeovil Town v Arsenal 4 February 0 – 3 SSE Women’s FA Cup
Liverpool v Arsenal 7 February 0 – 3 WSL1
Arsenal v Yeovil Town 11 February 4 – 0 WSL1
Arsenal v Millwall Lionesses 18 February 1 – 0 SSE Women’s FA Cup
Arsenal v Everton 23 February 1 – 0 WSL1
Arsenal v Man City 14 March 1 – 0 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup FINAL

Charlton play in the third tier of Women’s Football in the FA Women’s Premier league Southern Division, this is two tiers down from the WSL1 where Arsenal play.

They were formed in 1991 by a group who split from Millwall Lionesses.  In 2007 the team nearly disbanded due to swinging budget cuts enforced on Charlton and at the end of the season they were demoted to the Southern Division where they stabilised.

Charlton are also in a good run of form with nine wins in a row going back to early November, they have amassed 45 goals in those games conceding 8.  Overall though they play their football two divisions down from Arsenal and one would expect that, providing we are professional in our approach to this game, over the course of 90 minutes our player quality should enable us to win the tie.

Our strike force of Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead and Danielle Carter will all be looking to add to their seasons tally of goals and both Jordan Nobbs and Dominique Janssen likely to score from midfield as well.  In goal I suspect that our backup keeper Anna Moorhouse may well get a game in place of Sari Van Veenendaal and it would be good to see Club Captain Alex Scott getting a game as well.

We have some good news with Leah Williamson having just signed a contract extension, she has been with the club since she was nine.

She said, “Obviously there’s loads to consider. I’m young, we had a change in manager and things like that, but I couldn’t be happier with the appointment. Joe’s a great guy and he’s taught me a lot already. I can feel myself growing week in, week out, so by the end there’s absolutely no hesitation. This is where I want to be.”  (Read more at

Tickets for the game will be available on the gate priced £10 for adults or £5 for concessions (U16, disabled or over 65).  There is a good atmosphere, there is the usual range of hot-dogs, burgers, chips drinks etc on sale.  Do come along if you can.


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19 Replies to “Arsenal v Charlton, Sunday 25 March – Match preview”

  1. Andy, if I must confess, I’ll then be confessing that I am not a watching fan of the Arsenal Ladies since there isn’t any paid TV service dedicating a channel to be showing the professional women football club games that I know of here in Nigeria apart of SuperSport paid TV service that I subscribed to, but does’t have any channel on it’s sporting channels dedicated for showing the WSL that I can subscribe to be watching the AFC Ladies in action in particular and the WSL games in general despite my interest in watching the women football games.

    On a refreshing note, the Nigerian Super Eagles, the Selecao of Brazil and the 3Lions of England who are the senior national football teams representing their counries in senior football matches that I am supporting. But if the latter 2 are not playing against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, all performed very well for the various countries yesterday night when they beat their host countries in World Cup finals preparatory friendly games.

    But of eye-catching to me is the impressive performance put up in the match between Poland and Nigeria by the young Nigerian goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho who manned the goal for the first time for Nigeria, but stopped the acclaim Poland and Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski from scoring in the highly contested match in which Nigeria beat Poland 0-1. But the question that’s begging for answer from Le Boss is, will he be interested to bring the young Nigerian goalkeeper who plays for the Spanish club Deportivo de la Coruna to the Emirates Stadium in next summer window to takeover from the aging Petr Cech if Le Boss view this as appropriate? But I’ll wait to see how he’ll perform in the next 3 Super Eagles friendly matches before the World Cup in Russia before final deision can be taken by Arsenal on this my proposal to sign this Nigerian Keeper. But Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister could after all scupper the event taking place in Russia next summer by causing England, Germany, France, Poland and a number of EU national teams to boycoot the event so as to put Vladimir Putin, the Russian Authoritarian leader into check in his overeaching excesses.

  2. Leah Williamson, tasty, signed extension! She said once a gooner… life long fan, I’d happily up that Gooner!

    Vogue shoot and Abilene contract. COYG

  3. Following the Continental tyres cup win with the delightful scenes of celebration It would be reasonable to expect the ladies to go into this game full of confidence. COYG

  4. I guess we need some kind of a tie in to female football, there will be one.

    Christiano Ronaldo now has 81 goals for Portugal, third on the all time list. I quite often call him Christina Ronaldo.

    Well, Christine Sinclair is now up to 172 goals for the Canadian National Womens Team (the only good adult Canadian football team). It seems easily possible for Ronaldo to catch Puskas for #2, less likely to catch #1 at 109 goals. And probably zero chance of him ever catching the _real_ Christine, Christine Sinclair.

    Is some member of the Arsenal Womens team going to try and catch Christine? Go on, give it a try.

  5. Kenneth.

    I will help Earth for many things, but not everything. One calf moose in particular.


    Wilshere has apparently left the England camp because of his knee not being healed enough.

    Ozil apparently will not play a part in Germany’s friendly in Berlin. Article doesn’t say anything about an injury.

  6. I guess it is half time or early second half now. Looking for a good report from Andrew later. He might have a Little to write about. 🙂

  7. Arsenal v Charlton on 5 live & doing well. So Arsenal should proceed to semi final. I’ll leave the actual score for the report.

    Chelsea 1 – Reading 2 in the WSL 73mins.

  8. No puns to spice up your report Menace? You living the life of O’Reilly or something? 🙂

  9. Our third scorer looks like she is 11 goals ahead of that Ronaldo character. Maybe she can catch Christine Sinclair?

  10. Gord – the report will be by Andrew so just keeping the blood pressure normal.

    Arsenal will play Everton in the semi.

    Man City look like they are out of the Womens FA Cup.

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