Arsenal will be away to Manchester United for their FA WSL matchday two game on Monday night and it will be a tough one.
Arsenal should not underestimate their opponents just because they are only in their second year of existence.
Following the midweek Champions League away win to Fiorentina, United are a much stronger opponent.
Casey Stoney’s teams are always well organised, drilled and hard to beat. We saw last season in the Conti Cup 2-1 win that only tiredness stopped them from pressing us hard for 90 minutes.
If you consider that they improved their side by buying only full internationals during the summer transfer window, they will be an even bigger threat. They got a world class midfielder in Jackie Groenen, a quality goalkeeper in Mary Earps and three other international players.
We saw in their opening game that they have a solid defence and an excellent winger in Leah Galton. Having a solid base, and the ability to hit the opposition on the break, is a good recipe to hurt the opposition.
Siobhan Chamberlain is currently not available due to pregnancy.
Hayley Ladd: The Welsh defensive midfielder was used at right-back last week. She is an excellent reader of the game and very strong technically while being able to pass the ball well.
Lauren James: The young midfielder has exceptional talent. She could be England’s number 10 for years to come, competing for the place with Georgia Stanway. But she needs to clarify her game and tends towards efficiency like all the best playmakers, because doing less is more.
Possible starting 11
Rotation should be limited as the next two games against London City Lionesses away and Fiorentina at home will offer game time for those who are missing minutes.
On the injury side Danielle Carter, Tabea Kemme, Katrine Veje and Lia Wälti are still out The Swiss midfielder has started team training and is getting closer to full fitness.
Zinsberger; Maier, Williamson, Beattie, McCabe; Van De Donk, Roord, Little; Evans, Miedema, Mead.
Subs: Peyraud-Magnin, Quinn, Mitchell, Nobbs, Schnaderbeck, Filis, Grant.
With Manchester City on six points and Chelsea, who dropped two points at Brighton, on four points, three points are a must to get back to the top of the table.