The Spring Series has concluded and we can now have a look at the game time given by Pedro Losa to the players.
From a maximum of 720 minutes available from eight games, only two players out of 18 have been ever-presents in the Spring Series.
Jordan Nobbs and Anna Patten are the only players to have played 100% of the possible time. It is not a surprise at all for the England vice-captain given her exceptional talent, but it is a huge shock to see Anna Patten there.
We have known her for a while as she came through the ranks and was part of the successful U17 team and also in the Development team last year. But her quick elevation to first-team was not expected.
She deservedly held onto a starting berth through good performances, keeping out Louise Quinn and Alex Scott who have far more experience in the side.
Lotte Wubben-Moy (8 starts, 658 minutes): The 18-year-old centre-back also started every game. Another superb talent, strong physically, good on the ball, she can also play defensive midfielder when needed. The only question is will she stay at Arsenal or move to study in the USA.
Heather O’Reilly (8 appearances, 7 starts, 637 minutes): The American did not disappoint with her power, speed and technical speed. Strangely enough, however, she looked short of fitness late in most of the games.
Sari Van Veenendaal (7 starts, 630 minutes): Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper had a steady season, pulling off many superb saves, albeit making a couple of errors too.
Leah Williamson (7 starts, 620 minutes): Leah started the season at centre-back, before being moved to left-back and then midfield during towards the end of the Spring Series. Midfielder seems her natural place and she performed well in that position alongside Jordan Nobbs.
Danielle Carter (7 starts, 609 minutes): Another player who did not disappoint in the Spring Series was Danielle Carter. A consistent goalscorer and capable of beating defenders, Carter performed well despite being out of position. It is a shame manager Mark Sampson does not rate her as she should be on the plane to Netherlands on current form.
Danielle Van De Donk (8 appearances, 7 starts, 605 minutes): The Dutch international had a good Spring Series. She played in all four different positions in attack and is very versatile, even if her play can sometimes be frustrating to watch. Nevertheless, Van De Donk is a big talent and asset to the club.
Dominique Janssen (7 starts, 602 minutes): Another player who is consistent, reliable and performs really well regardless of what position she’s occupying. Dutch international Dominique Janssen should really be one of the first name on the teamsheet.
Alex Scott (6 starts, 485 minutes): Started the Spring Series well, Alex Scott seems to do a lot of media work on the side as she is preparing for her post football career. She was dropped in the last two games at the end of the season, potentially as a result of a decrease in her physical performances, or she may just have needed a rest. Scott seems unable to do as many high intensity sprints as before.
Jodie Taylor (7 appearances, 4 starts, 358 minutes): She rarely completes a full 90 minutes, but is such a strong and powerful centre forward. There were moments during games when it looked she had lost a bit of confidence in front of goal. There were situations where she chose to pass the ball instead of taking the chance herself. It will be interesting to see if Miedema will start games ahead of her.
Louise Quinn (5 appearances, 3 starts, 302 minutes): The former Notts County Ladies defender is a prolific goalscorer from the back. After signing following the folding of her former club, she did not manage to dislodge the pair of youngsters from the starting 11 until the end of the season, so questions may be asked if she will stay for the winter season.
Fara Williams (7 appearances, 3 starts, 294 minutes): Played at centre back in a back-three when there were no more defenders available, Fara Williams did very well in that position. Shew then moved back to defensive midfield where her lack of mobility at the time was worrying. Williams reads the game well and her passing range is still prevalant, but will it be enough to stay in the starting 11 next season ?
Bethany Mead (5 appearances, 3 starts, 264 minutes): The young centre forward started the Spring Series on the bench and then got many started and finished as the number one choice up front. She brings speed and cool finishing in the number 9 role. Will she be able to compete with Miedema is the main question.
Chloe Kelly (7 appearances, 2 starts, 220 minutes): The England U19 forward was mainly used as a sub and showed that she can certainly do a good job off the bench. But with so many attacking players around, the stiff competition makes it difficult to get regular games.
Anna Moorhouse (1 start, 90 minutes): The back-up goalkeeper was given a game against Birmingham and conceded barely a minute in. Quite the same scenario as in the Kelly Smith testimonial when she conceded a soft free kick straight after coming on. Moorhouse looked a bit nervous on the day, perhaps due to lack of game time. Hopefully she can get more games during the winter season.
Katie McCabe (3 appearances, 68 minutes): A surprising lack of game time for the only left-footed attacking player. Danielle Carter’s form deserved a starting berth at left-wing, but Pedro Losa could have accommodated McCabe and given her game time.
Carla Humphrey (2 appearances, 38 minutes): There is no doubt Pedro Losa has limited confidence in her ability, and perhaps doesn’t feel Humphrey fits in his preferred tactical system. Two games as sub in 5-1 and 5-0 wins says it all, especially with Kim Little injured. Humphery could have been given chances at number 10 behind the three forwards.