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Arsenal face Sunderland on Sunday in what will be the first game of new manager, Joe Montemurro’s reign.

He will not, however, be present as he finalises his move from Australia to London.

More about Joe Montemurro and what a great appointment it is here


The opposition

The Black Cats are just one point behind Arsenal after four games which probably says more about the Gunners than anything else.

Their goal difference, however, sits at a terrible minus 7 (compared to Arsenal’s 0) but the club has much more to worry about than shipping 10 goals in 4 league games.

A recent statement from Sunderland stated, “Sunderland AFC has today confirmed that the club will not be applying for an FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) Licence in the first wave of applications. Instead, the club will focus on a joint bid for a Tier One licence in March.

Applications are currently open to existing FA WSL clubs, but due to the collaborative nature of Sunderland’s intended bid it would not be appropriate for the club to apply at this stage.

A club spokesperson said: “Sunderland AFC are committed to supporting women’s football and a joint approach, with combined resources, makes for a better and more sustainable model.

“We have been working with our partners to ensure that we continue to provide the opportunity for elite female footballers in the North East to compete at the top level.””

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