Following their 5-1 away win at Liverpool, the Gunners are back on top of the table for the first time since January and are now closing in on Champions League football and the title.
A win next Sunday will guarantee the return of Champions League football, something the club has been missing since the season 2013/14 and a quarter-final defeat to Birmingham City.
Three wins, against Birmingham, Everton and Brighton, will win the title prior to the final game at home to Man City.
The table is looking good right now:
Let’s have a look at the five Arsenal goals
Kim Little’s opener:
Beth Mead’s first:
For the third goal, Mead did what she has done a few times now, and that kind of goal has now its, own quite unfortunate, hashtag – the CROT. If you just google image “une crotte,” you will see what it really means in some other languages.
Ah, yes…..now it all makes sense.
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) March 24, 2019
Dominique Bloodworth added number four:
And Anna Miedema scored her 20th league goal of the season to extend her lead by two goals over Man City’s Nikita Parris in the Golden Boot race.
Joe Montemurro is obviously pleased:
An important win yesterday … still lots of work to do – well done to all. We continue the journey … thanks to our fans for your great support! pic.twitter.com/dtQ4Qcadzb
— Joe Montemurro (@MontemurroJoe) March 25, 2019
Three more wins will bring the title back to the Emirates Stadium. Out of the four games remaining, this is certainly doable as the team is hitting peak form at the right time of the season.
Tabea Kemme, Emma Mitchell, Jordan Nobbs and Lia Waelti are still on the injury list but the squad depth was good on Sunday. We had five subs, despite having no Academy players involved as a few of them were on international duty.
In transfer news, Jessica Samuelsson is leaving the club to go back home.
The defender has been unlucky with injuries and will move ASAP as the transfer window will close soon in Sweden. There is also a question mark on Viktoria Schnaderbeck, who made her debut on Sunday and is reaching the end of her one-year contract soon.
With Champions League football next season, there is no doubt that the club will recruit more players. You do wonder if the Academy youngsters will get the same level of opportunities next season or if they will decide to leave next Summer in search for first team football or University opportunities in the USA.
Sunday’s away game to Birmingham is a tough test and, should the Gunners win that one, the title will likely come back to the Arsenal.