Football returned this weekend for Arsenal women, so let’s take a quick look around the main news this week.
- The FA WSL fixtures were announced and Arsenal got their campaign underway with a 6-1 drubbing of Reading.
- Danielle Carter scored the visitors only goal.
- You can read what Joe Montemurro had to say after the match here and see the goals in the link above.
- Mel Filis left Arsenal for London Bees.
- Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little both nominated for PFA Player of the Year.
- Arsenal are currently top of the FA WSL on goal difference with a two point lead over Manchester United and Chelsea, who drew 1-1 on Matchday 1.
- Next up for Arsenal are West Ham United in the WSL on Saturday, September 12.
The game will take place at Dagenham & Redbridge FC, with kick-off at 5.20pm (UK time).
Best post-match praise following Arsenal’s win over Reading
- ‘New season, same old Miedema’ – Arsenal striker gets two in rout [BBC]
- ‘You have to sit back & admire’ Arsenal thrash Reading 6-1 [BBC]
- Leah Williamson has been discussing how women’s sport is ‘completely overlooked.
“I just hope it hasn’t damaged the progress we’ve made over the last couple of years. We had so much momentum behind the game and things were changing so rapidly for the better,” said Williamson.
“I just really hope as the season plays out, we’re not noticing that we were left behind for that period of time. Having spoken to quite a few people, I think women’s sport in general, not just women’s football, was completely overlooked.
“Sometimes you can’t argue when it comes to funding – it is what it is and you have to be realistic. But I definitely did feel like we were overlooked and I hope that doesn’t show.
“Cricket, rugby, football – I feel like when there was movement on the men’s side, it would have been great if it could have been done for us,” she said.
“When you hear that it would have been bad for the game in terms of the long-term effects on the game and money if we’d tried to continue, then of course you make a good executive decision to cut it.
“But it’s obviously hard when you see football happening and you’re not playing.”
- Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Siobhan Chamberlain has retired.
- The new Arsenal Women’s hub on Daily Cannon can be found here.
It is currently being updated and developed so expect changes.