Pedro Losa says he’s pleased for Beth Mead, after the striker marked her first start of the campaign with two goals for the Gunners.

Mead was a January signing for Arsenal, joining from Sunderland, where she’d scored 77 goals in 78 appearances over six years with the Black Cats. At the moment she’s fighting for a place up front with the Gunners, but Losa says she’s showing in training that she deserves an opportunity.

Beth was given that chance against London Bees, as she was handed her first start of the season in the FA WSL Cup, and Losa told he was happy with the way she played: “I’m very pleased for her because she obviously worked so hard and it was good to see her score because I think she’s capable of scoring a lot of goals. In training she’s doing it very well and she deserved to have a good day.”

A 7-0 win was just what the team needed after a couple of tough results where they draw against Bristol City and lost badly to Manchester City. The fact that Beth could help them achieve the comprehensive win will be a confidence booster for her, as well as pushing her towards contention for a start in the WSL.

The potential for that start will come in Arsenal’s next match against Everton. However that won’t be until October 29th, as there’s an international break to navigate first. Danielle Carter and Jodie Taylor have both been called up for England, so depending on how things go, one of them might need a rest after the international matches.

We’ll have to wait and see.