We take a look back at the last seven days in the world of Arsenal ladies.

First team

Arsenal opened their league campaign with a 1-1 draw at Notts County Ladies in a tough game where Ellen White scored from a quality free-kick routine while Chioma Ubogagu, who had come on as a sub equalised with a superb half volley.

There were a lot of positives to take from the game :

Coaching reactivity with an half time substitution to solve the midfield conendrum. With Caroline Weir in the holding role, there was a balance problem as she is attack minded naturally. Alongside Vicky Losada and Jordan Nobbs who also are attacking midfielders, the balance had to be redressed and Jade Bailey did a superb job there.

Instant substitution impact with Chioma Ubogagu bringing her pace that was missing up front and also a superb finish for the equaliser.

Great resiliance and battling spirit in a tough game against a strong Notts  County team.

The Ladies are trailing leaders Chelsea Ladies by five points and Manchester City in second place by three points. They have a game in hand over those two teams to be played at home against Bristol Academy. A must win game, if the girls want to compete for the Champions League places this season.

The next game will be a home game against League leaders Chelsea Ladies in the FA Women’s Cup round six. Last year’s semi-final was a memorable five-three games won in extra time where Kelly Smith nearly single-handlely dragged the team over the finish line.  Chelsea Ladies will surely want revenge from that defeat. Kick-off is 2pm on the 12th of April.

Arsenal youngster shines as England u17 start Elite Round with win over Poland


Match report

Player ratings

International news

England U19 Carla Humphrey and Leah Williamson played in the controversial 2-1 defeat against Norway.

Williamson scored an equaliser from the penalty sport on 90+6 but the referee disallowed the goal for encroachment and gave an indirect free-kick to Norway rather than order a retake.

They both played in the 9-1 win against Northern Ireland with Williamson scoring two penalties on the day.. without any controversy this time.

England U19 can only qualify as the best runner-up from the six qualifying groups or hope that their appeal from the Norway game is successfull.

Development team

The development team beat the Danish team Roskilde Pigefodbold 9-0 in a friendly last week.

Other news

Casey Stoney has thanked Arsenal for supporting her after she made the decision to come out.

The Arsenal defender revealed that she not only received a note from CEO, Ivan Gazidis, as well as flowers from the club when she and her partner, Megan Harris, had their twins.

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Following the Arsenal Ladies since 2004/05. Arsenal LFC season ticket holder since they appeared in 2006/07. Likely to be found watching women's football every week-end all over England... and the world. I am also a silver member