Arsenal women vs Aston Villa called off – Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa, which was due to take place on Sunday 14 February, has been called off for the third time.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Caitlin Foord of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead after scoring their side's first goal during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City Women at Meadow Park on February 07, 2021 in Borehamwood, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Caitlin Foord of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead after scoring their side’s first goal during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City Women  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The game was originally meant to be played some time ago but was postponed due to Covid outbreaks. It was then called off due to bad weather and a water-logged pitch.

Now, it has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Arsenal’s faint hopes of Champions League qualification were given a boost on Friday as the Citizens dominated an error prone Manchester United 3-0.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Caroline Weir of Manchester City celebrates scoring her sides third goal with Steph Houghton of Manchester City during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester City Women and Manchester United Women at Manchester City Football Academy on February 12, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Caroline Weir of Manchester City celebrates scoring her sides third goal with Steph Houghton of Manchester City during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Manchester City Women and Manchester United Women (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

by Sylvain Jamet

Former Gunner, Caroline Weir got the pick of the goals with this sublime chip over Mary Earps:

The table shows Arsenal trailing Manchester United by nine points with two games in hand and a home game against the Red Devils that could end up being crucial.

That game is scheduled for Thursday 18 March at Borehamwood.

Arsenal also have a better goal difference than Manchester United by 10 goals, so should the teams finish level on points, Joe Montemurro’s side would end up ahead of their rivals.

The weather has once again conspired to postpone this game, which will lead to a fixture pile-up later in the season.

As of today (Sunday morning), there are only two teams who have played the 15 games planned as per the schedule: Manchester United and Brighton.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Reading have a game in hand, with two of those teams also in the Champions League.

Arsenal, West Ham and Bristol have two games in hand, while Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa have three games in hand with these numbers increasing after Sunday’s postponed games are taken into consideration.

Arsenal know that they need to win every remaining game to have a chance of making the top three and qualification for the Champions league, unless United collapse and drop many more points.