2022/23 PL Season – Matchweek 1 – Refereeing matters



Are Arsenal in line for a return to the top four? by Andrew Crawshaw For this coming season there has been a couple of minor changes to the IFAB rules of the game.  The IFAB is the international body that sets out the laws that all players must follow throughout the world. Law 11:Offside Though Law …

Reflections on Euros and the Copa America women’s finals



by Andrew Crawshaw The Women’s Euros – the Final The Women’s Euros – Quarter final roundup and Semi final previews THE WOMEN’S EUROS – THIRD ROUND GAMES AND QUARTER FINALS PREVIEW The women’s Euros: what we learned from the second round of games? The Women’s Euros, what have we learned from the opening round? Heartbreak …

The Women’s Euros – The Final – Sunday 31 July 17:00



Why is this transfer window looking so odd? by Andrew Crawshaw Well we all know of the historical precedent to this game – England v Germany at Wembley.  I just hope this re-run lives up to the 1966 preview and the current hype and expectation. Semi-final 1 – England v Sweden England qualified by four …

The Women’s Euros – Quarter final roundup and Semi final previews



by Andrew Crawshaw THE WOMEN’S EUROS – THIRD ROUND GAMES AND QUARTER FINALS PREVIEW My quarter-final previews were good and bad.  Good in that I managed to pick all four winners, bad in that I was out in how most of the games would pan out. Quarter Final 1   England 2 v Spain 1 …

The Women’s Euros – Third round games and quarter finals preview



by Andrew Crawshaw Group A Austria 1 v Norway 0 – Manuella Zinsberger in the Austrian goal with another clean sheet.  So far the only goal she has let in was the beautiful lob from her Arsenal teammate Beth Mead in the opening game.  The only goal of this game coming towards the end of …

Arsenal at the Women’s Euros (5-31 July)— an introduction



The two mountains Arsenal have to climb by Andrew Crawshaw The Women’s European Championship gets underway this evening at a sold out Old Trafford with England playing Austria.  All matches in the competition are being screened by the BBC with tonight’s coverage of the opening ceremony and match beginning at 7pm on BBC1. The studio …

Arsenal Women 2021/22 Review Part 4: Player of the Season and where do we go from here



Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season review – Part 1 Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season Review: Part 2 WSL Match by Match highs and lows Arsenal Women 2021/2 Review, Part 3 – 21 Players to keep; 9 players to let go by Andrew Crawshaw In my Player reviews, I identified four contenders for Player of the Season, Leah …

Arsenal Women 2021/2 Review, Part 3 – 21 Players to keep; 9 players to let go



by Andrew Crawshaw Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season review – Part 1 Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season Review: Part 2 WSL Match by Match highs and lows No Plays Comments Apps Goals All games Keep or Pass 1 GK Manuella Zinsberger Undisputed No 1 goalkeeper, has performed excellently 13 clean sheets in the WSL 33 K 18 …

Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season Review: Part 2 WSL Match by Match highs and lows



Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season review – Part 1 by Andrew Crawshaw In this article, I have used red to show the matches I consider to be season highlights and blue for the lows. Our League Season started with a daunting series of games with home ties against Chelsea and Manchester City in the first three …

Arsenal Women 2021-22 Season review – Part 1



by Andrew Crawshaw   First here is a brief summary of the 2020/21 season to give us a baseline against which to measure our 2021/22 season The 2020-21 season finished with Arsenal in third place, one point better than Manchester United who were fourth and nine points behind Chelsea who were champions Club P W …

The WSL – One Week Left and all to play for



by Andrew Crawshaw With only one week left in the season nothing is yet decided at the top of the table.  The champions will either be Chelsea or Arsenal and the final Champions League place will be either Manchester City or United.  Birmingham City are odds on to be relegated but it is not yet …

2022 Women’s Champions League Quarter Final – Arsenal v Wolfsburg Women Match preview



by Andrew Crawshaw Arsenal resume their quest for European glory this evening with a game against the German league leaders Wolfsburg, at the Emirates with a 20:00 kickoff.  I understand that the match is moved to the Emirates due to the requirement for VAR to be in place and this not being achievable at the …

Arsenal go 8 points clear of Chelsea: Arsenal women v Birmingham highlights



by Andrew Crawshaw Arsenal Women v Birmingham Match Highlights On Sunday Lunchtime Arsenal Women played the reverse fixture against the only team to have beaten them this season.  No not Chelsea or Man City who were busy elsewhere but bottom of the table Birmingham. The early 12:00 kickoff was in order to show the match …

Arsenal Women March Preview



by Andrew Crawshaw Unlike February when we only played 3 matches, March has a far busier schedule seeing us play in three competitions, the WSL, the 2022 FA Cup and the 2022 Champions League where we are the sole remaining English club. I have added a column to indicate where we are playing our home …

Arsenal Women: February 2022 Roundup – Chelsea, Man U and Liverpool



By Andrew Crawshaw February was something of a transitional month for Arsenal Women.  New players bedding in, those away at the Asian tournament returning (but not necessarily ready to play immediately) and then a two week international break for European players. It was a month where we only played three games, two draws in the …

One for the future – Brooke Norton-Cuffy



by Andrew Crawshaw My daughter was at the Bolton v Lincoln City game recently and I managed to find a stream of it and watch the last 10 minutes of the first half and the whole of the second half.  Bolton emerged 3 – 1 winners with all goals scored in the second half. Nothing …

Chelsea Women v Arsenal: Friday 11 February – A Season Defining Encounter



by Andrew Crawshaw After our draw last weekend against Manchester United we remain top of the WSL.  Chelsea are second, two points behind us but with a game in hand.  This game is therefore the epitome of a “six pointer” Here is the current table P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Arsenal …

Arsenal Women v Manchester United Continental Tyres Cup Quarter Final – Match Preview



by Andrew Crawshaw On Wednesday evening 19 January, Covid permitting, our Women’s team enter the Continental Tyres Cup at the quarter final stage.  Due to our involvement in the Champions League group stage we were exempt from the earlier group stage of the competition.  Our opponents are Manchester United so I expect this to be …

WSL Matchweek 9 – The one where Chelsea lost (but Arsenal won)



by Andrew Crawshaw Whilst I was at the Emirates on Saturday watching our men’s team at last play some football and score more than one goal Chelsea Women had a lunchtime game against Reading.  In the fourth minute they had a defensive lapse and Deanne Rose raced through to score past Zećira Mušović who was …

Women’s Champions League round of 16 Arsenal v Barcelona – Match Review



by Andrew Crawshaw Firstly sorry this report wasn’t ready last night.  A 7pm kick-off should have left me plenty of time to get back to South London and write it but a track problem interrupted my journey home and I didn’t get in till well after 11 by which time I was too knackered. The …

2021 Women’s Champions league round of 16 – Arsenal v Barcelona Preview



By Andrew Crawshaw Our match against Barcelona is being played tomorrow evening at the Emirates with a 19:00 kickoff.  It will also be shown live on the DAZN streaming website and probably also by arsenal.com so you should be able to watch it wherever you are in the world. Barcelona are, without doubt, the best …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 4- An unusual FA Cup fina



by Jon Preston A word of introduction – These are the thoughts of my Son, Jon who accompanied me (Andrew Crawshaw) to the game. As FA Cup finals go, today’s was unusual.  Carried over from last season, I found myself at Wembley in December to watch Arsenal against Chelsea, a traditionalist’s tie if ever there …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 3- Match Report



By Andrew Crawshaw The 50th playing of the final of the Women’s FA Cup was held at Wembley this Afternoon in front if a crowd of marginally over 50,000. I was there along with Jon, my son and his daughter Josette. It was Jon’s first Arsenal Women’s game although we sit together at the Emirates …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 2 – Match Preview



by Andrew Crawshaw 2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 1 History The match is at Wembley and kicks off at 14:00 UK Time.  If you can’t be there in person it is also being broadcast live in the UK on BBC1 and BTSport 1 and local carriers …