Arsenal put five past Bristol City without reply on the final day of the Spring Series, but it was not enough to clinch the title as Chelsea were named Champions.
The Gunners were in with an outside chance of the title but they needed to win and hope that neither City nor Chelsea followed suit. Arsenal did their part but Liverpool and Birmingham failed to take anything from City or Chelsea.
Nevertheless, finishing the Spring Series unbeaten, having played our most dangerous rivals away is a good omen for the new season.
There might be some regrets about finishing a point behind Chelsea Ladies, but the title was not to be as performances were not always to the highest standard at the start of the tournament.
Starting with a nil-nil draw at Sunderland plus a 4-4 at home to Liverpool cost Arsenal the title.
Beating Yeovil 5-1 away to kick start their season was an expected result. A last minute equaliser at Chelsea kept the unbeaten run with a 2-2 thriller.
The Gunners finished the season strongly with four wins; 4-2 at home to Birmingham, a huge 1-0 away win to City and another 1-0 win at home to Reading to add to today’s 5-0 away win to Bristol.
⚽ Our Spring Series campaign in numbers…
2️⃣2️⃣ goals scored
⛔ UNDEFEATED ⛔ pic.twitter.com/EnNVu88mBT
— Arsenal Ladies (@ArsenalLadies) June 3, 2017
There is a lot of work to do in the transfer market and on the pitch to be able to compete with Manchester City and Chelsea, but there has been a good number of positives during the Spring Series that we will cover in our upcoming Spring Series review.