Arsenal Women v Okzhetpes – preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

Arsenal Women commence their Champions League campaign against Okzetpes on Wednesday morning in Moscow.  Our opponents qualified by coming third in the Kazakhstani league.

The Official UEFA website has the following Players listed:-


Goalkeepers – 1 Zinsberger (Austria), 18 Williams (Australia), 24 Stenson (England) and at 28 17 year old Cull (Eng)

Defenders – 3 Wubben-Moy (Eng), 4 Patten (Eng), 5 Beattie Scotland), 6 Williamson (Eng), 7 Catley (Aus), 16 Maritz (Switzerland), 20 Boye Sørensen (Denmark), 22 Schnaderbeck (Aut) and 29 Goldie (Eng)

Midfielders – 8 Nobbs (Eng), 10 Little (Sco), 12 Maanum (Norway) and 13 Wälti (Swi)

Forwards – 9 Mead (Eng), 11 Miedema (Netherland), 14 Parris (Eng), 15 McCabe (Ireland), 19 Foord (Aus) and 23 Iwabuchi (Japan)

Stenson hasn’t featured in the match day squads for our pre-season games and may still not be fully match fit following her thumb injury which affected her for much of last season.

Jordan Nobbs ended up with ankle ligament problems following an overly robust challenge in the Chelsea gave and is out for a while yet although she is pictured in full kit in Moscow 

I understand that Leah Williamson hasn’t travelled to Moscow.

Our Australian trio, Williams, Catley and Foord have been back with the squad since the weekend following their Olympic exploits, all of the others were back a day or two earlier.  They might be able to play but are unlikely to feature from the start.

Okzepetes (all players from Kazakhstan unless noted)

Goalkeepers – 1 Sharifova (Azerbijan), 16 Khokhlova, 99 Orazbekova

Defenders – 4 Kamdem (Cameroon), 5 Mukashova, 7 Kozieva, 11 Kuztay, 21 Prokhorova, 23 Vlassova, 27 Khachatryan (Armenia)

Midfielders – 8 Kirgizbaeva, 17 Satygaliyeva, 19 Amangeldy, 24 Aitmukanova, 25 Karazhanover, 77 Mbengono (Cameroon)

Forwards – 9 Manga (Cameroon), 10 Orynbassarova


Predicted Arsenal team


Patten, Wubben-Moy, Boye Sørensen, McCabe

Wälti, Little, Maanum,

Iwabuchi, Miedema, Mead

This is a match that Arsenal should win comfortably, but our players are still finding their feet following the Olympics and also getting used to a new coach so I am not expecting the match to be plain sailing.  There will also be new players integrating into the system so a hiccup or two along the way should be expected.

Kick off time is 11:00.

The UEFA official media partner is DAZN and for this and next season all matches for the later stages are to be shown live via the DAZN YouTube channel.  I am not certain if they are broadcasting this phase of the tournament but it will be worth checking. There is also a possibility that may have a live stream or that you will be able to pick up the Russian stream from the Moscow Saipan Stadium.

The winner will play the winner of PSV Eindhoven and Lokomotive Moscow on Saturday.  The Winner of that match goes to a two legged round two match in early September to qualify for the group stage of the tournament.


16 Replies to “Arsenal Women v Okzhetpes – preview”

  1. Confirmed lineups for today’s game.

    Maritz, Boye Sorensen, Wubben-Amoy, McCabe
    Little, Maanum, Iwabuchi
    Parris, Miedema, Mead

    There is a stream that I’ve found but I’m expecting commentary in Russian, I’ll continue looking for one more useful

    I’ll add updates on this thread as the match progresses

  2. Updates fro

    Lia Walti
    Sustained a minor calf strain and as a precaution, will not be involved on Wednesday. Lia has travelled to Russia with the team.

    Jordan Nobbs
    Since Jordan sustained an injury to the ligaments of her right ankle, she has been working hard with our medical team and is recovering well. She is now out of a boot and into a brace.

    Leah Williamson
    Leah was not able to travel to Moscow due to personal family reasons. Everyone at the club sends their thoughts and support to Leah and her family at this time.

    Watch todays game LIVE on from 11am (UK time).

  3. As far as i can see the match started on time but there is nothing on the live stream except the notice live coverage starting soon. Forza has 13 minuted played and no score. Update 14 minutes and Iwabuchi scores for Arsenal 1-0

  4. apologise for the stream issues – technical problems in Miscow. Kim Little has just made ir two nil from the penalty spot in the 18th minute

  5. Early substitution for Arsenal. Anna Patten replaces Lotte Wubben-Moy at centre back min 23

  6. 35 minutes in, no further goals. Arsenal in full control. Two misses from Miedema where she ought to have done better.

  7. Arsenal 87% possession nearing the end of the first half. 5 minutes of added time.

  8. Other matches with UK Clubs in the WCL today

    Glasgow City beat Birkurkara 3-0 in an even earlier kickoff

    Glentoran Belfast started at 22:00 against Servette FC Chênois and are a goal down in the ipening minute

    Celtic play Levante this evening and Swansea play CSKA Moscow later in the evening

    Second half underway

  9. Min 54. Little the latest to nearly make it three nil then Mead has a shot saved by the keeper but ruled offside

  10. Min 60. Foord, Beattie, Catley coming on. Little, Miedema and Maanum. Foord with an immediate chance through one on one against the keeper who saved with her feet

  11. Iwabuchi looks a great player… nice close control, good eye for the movement around her, quick feet….

  12. Min74 Nikita Parris makes it Four nil. 17 year old Goldie comes on fot Maritz.

    Into time added on and Patten so nearly made it five. A stinging shot parried onto the post comes back out

  13. Thats it. A totally dominant performance but with more to come as our players get used to each other and playing at our new coach wants. Next match Sat

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