Arsenal opened their league title defence with a 2-1 win over West Ham thanks to goals from Beth Mead and Jill Roord.
Arsenal took a two-goal lead into the break after Beth Mead’s 14th minute belter of an opener and Jill Roord’s fine strike shortly before the break:
Beth Mead with a really special strike 💥
Keeper had no chance! pic.twitter.com/gWGVV8ODo1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 8, 2019
West Ham pulled one back in the second half but Arsenal withstood the Hammers attempts to grab a point.
Both Vivianne Miedema and Katrine Veje missed out after picking up injuries during the international break. Jordan Nobbs, however, returned to league action when she came on as a second half substitute and played 23 minutes.
Before the Women’s Super League kicked-off this weekend, it had been announced in a tiny exclusive in Friday’s Daily Mail that the proposed takeover of the game by the Premier League, with a view to finally monetising it properly, was on hold, probably for three years: