Arsenal Women struggled in 2017, failing to add to their trophy cabinet and missing out on the Champions League. But here are their three top performers who can hold their heads high.
3Defender – Anna Patten/Lotte Wubben-Moy
Cheating slightly, but the 18-year-olds were both exceptional during the Spring Series, and one of the reasons why Arsenal finished the half-season unbeaten.
Had they stayed at the club and carried on playing in the Winter League, I believe the pair would have been knocking on the door of the first-team.
I don’t know if I’ve seen a better centre-back pairing than Patten and Wubben-Moy since Arsenal won the the quadruple in 2006/07 – with Ciara Grant and Anita Asante forming a potent defensive partnership.
Having two teenagers bossing it in defence and helping the team to stay unbeaten for the whole Spring Series was an incredible feat – especially considering Patten made her first-team debut just months previously. Wubben-Moy made her first-team debut age 16, winning the u17 and Development Cup.
The dynamic duo find themselves third on my list. It’s a shame for the club that they made the choice to further their education and develop their football at university in the US. We can only hope they return in the future, if they don’t get drafted by the NWSL.