Arsenal Women carried on where they left off last week by destroying Reading 6-0, following their 5-0 away demolition of Chelsea. They are emerging as credible title challengers for the first time in a while.
With Kim Little now adding to the long list of injured players, Joe Montemurro made an enforced change from the team that beat Chelsea by bringing Katie McCabe in and pushing Danielle Van De Donk into midfield.
The four injured Arsenal players were pictured with a fan yesterday by the supporters’ club:
— Arsenal Women SC (@ArsenalWomenSC) October 21, 2018
It seems the injury accumulation has not upset the balance of the team though, as the girls steamrolled the opposition again. That is two Champions League contenders beaten in two weeks with eleven goals scored and none conceded.
Full-time: Arsenal 6-0 Reading 🙌
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 21, 2018
In the meantime, while Arsenal are flying, Manchester City are now over their early-season blip that gave them a Champions League elimination in the first round and two draws. They are trailing us by one point, but we have a game in hand.
Surprising Champions League contenders Birmingham recorded another excellent result drawing 0-0 at home to Chelsea, who are now the bottom scoring team in the league. The holders are now the bottom side of the table in this regard, having scored two in six games.
The WSL seems to be a three-tier league, as mentioned by Hope Powell in her post-game interview. The three top teams fighting for the two Champions League places, the mid-table four and the four teams at the bottom fighting to avoid the single relegation place.
Although West Ham are in the bottom four, they’re not in relegation danger yet, but if they carry on having negative results, they might end up being dragged in the danger zone.
— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) October 21, 2018
While the girls are flying at the moment, big tests are coming soon. Manchester City could go top of the League on Friday evening as they will be at home to Reading. Arsenal will be away to Bristol on Sunday.
Then, the following week, it will be a tough one with a home game to Champions League contenders Birmingham who are in great form. The hard work is paying off, but any slip-up could be costly. The two teams behind us are ready to pounce if we drop any points.