Arsenal came from behind against Brighton and Hove Albion to claim their 11th straight win and keep up their 100% league record ahead of next weekend’s mouthwatering clash with Manchester City.
Brighton took a shock lead after just nine minutes when Iniabasi Umotong fired past Sari van Veenendaal in the Arsenal goal and, for the briefest of moments, some wondered if Arsenal would be made to pay for their extensive injury list.
We needn’t have worried.
It took Arsenal 15 minutes to respond, Vivianne Miedema scoring her 17th of the season and moving to within one of the FA WSL goalscoring record for a season.
Vivianne Miedema can’t stop scoring. Two away from tying the record for most ever scored in a WSL season after only nine games played… pic.twitter.com/KRz94NffRQ
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) November 25, 2018
By the time the break arrived, Arsenal had the game wrapped up. A second goal from Dominique Janssen/Bloodworth was followed by yet another from Danielle van de Donk, who is enjoying her best scoring season.
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) November 25, 2018
Arsenal dominated the second 45 but could only find the back on the net once more, but what a goal it was. Beth Mead found herself just inside the box to the left of the goal and curled a beautiful ball into the top right corner, floating it just millimetres beyond the Brighton keeper who surely felt it whisp past her fingertips.
On a side note, for reasons that are understood by few, Arsenal’s women were still playing when the men kicked off against Bournemouth. If the authorities are interested in increasing their audience, it seems sensible that this sort of thing is stopped. Sadly, sense seems to play little part in the decision-making process when it comes women’s football and those in charge of the game.
Next weekend, Arsenal play Manchester City in what could be a title-deciding game. They kick off just 95 minutes before the men face Tottenham.
What a shambles.