Arsenal have qualified for the 2020/21 FA Women’s Cup final that will take place on Sunday 5 December at Wembley Stadium.
They defeated Brighton 3-0 on Sunday while Chelsea defeated Manchester City with the same scoreline to set up a London derby.
Jonas Eidevall decided to rest Vivianne Miedema, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Tobin Heath for the semi-final as those three players were involved in the Tokyo Olympics.
Miedema and Wubben-Moy had no summer break as they came straight back to prepare for the Champions League qualifiers.
The Arsenal manager also indicated that the other Olympics players will be rested later during the season:
Therefore, there was no surprise to see some rotation in the squad.
The Arsenal manager selected his usual back five and changed a few midfielders. He picked the following starting XI Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Beattie, McCabe; Wälti, Nobbs, Little; Parris, Foord, Mead.
The in-form Beth Mead, who recently scored a hat-trick with England in 15 minutes, came good again with an assist and two goals in the second half.
There is no doubt that there are few English players in better form that Beth Mead.
She has definitely come back with a high motivation level after missing out on the Olympics and benefiting from the rest.
After a frustrating first half that finished 0-0, the Gunners managed to go up an extra gear and score three goals in the second half.
It was a fair result as Brighton were resilient but did not create a lot overall.
This win, and the upcoming trip to Wembley Stadium, topped of an excellent weekend for Arsenal fans with the men’s team winning away to Leicester.
November will be a very busy month with five games, including two Champions League ties and an international window, in the last weeks.
Arsenal need to keep their winning momentum, manage the players’ loads well and hope for no injuries.
It looks like this season could be a really good one, but the squad need to stay fit, unlike previous seasons.
The managerial change this summer, and excellent recruitment, have brought superb results so far, with the only defeat coming against the Champions league holders Barcelona
The club is fighting to win five trophies and winning one or two, at least, is definitely possible.
The FA Women’s Cup could the catalyst for an amazing season should Arsenal manage to beat a strong Chelsea side who have improved a lot since we beat them in the League opener.