Arsenal won 3-0 on Sunday night to keep the gap to one point behind the league leaders who won 3-1 away at Spurs, despite being one player down for more than 60 minutes.

Arsenal's Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius chases the ball during the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final football match between Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 23, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius chases the ball during the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final football match between Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 23, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Jonas Eidevall made only one change from the team that was defeated by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, with Maritz coming on for McCabe at right-back.

The starting XI is now more or less now settled with Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Wubben-Moy, Catley; Little, Walti; Mead, Miedema, Foord; Blackstenius. Rafaelle and McCabe are the only other players who are also starting players.

The rest of the squad are now regular subs or unused subs now.

After the game I asked the manager if it was difficult having to leave excellent players on the bench: “It is part of the game and it is part of how we want to operate as a club, to have really high competition for spots.

“I find it difficult to put good players on the bench because i know every player on our bench would start for many other WSL clubs.

“I want them to play because they work so hard and I want them to showcase their abilities to the world and their national team coaches, it is not easy but it is part of the job and not everything is easy.”

It was a routine win, marred with some curious refereeing.

A goal being refused for a non existent offside and a goal given where there was a suspicion of offside. Yellow cards were not given in a way that threatened to destroy the game as players started to put more physical challenges in.

Everton did not threaten at all, with their first shot coming in injury time in the second half.

Chris Roberts, the Everton interim manager, explained he had no players with pace available due to injuries and therefore could not make a good use of their attacking plays.

There are now only three games remaining and Arsenal are still hoping for Chelsea to slip up.

The Blues looked really strong on Saturday, going 1-0 down and then going a player down too, when drawing 1-1 with 57 minutes to go.

Therefore, the expectation is Chelsea will win the tile, Arsenal will finish runners-up and Manchester City will finish in third place as Manchester United slipped up at the weekend.

The Citizens trail United by one point but have a game in hand.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all won their last five league games and are the form teams.

At the bottom of the table, Birmingham have closed the gap down to four points with Leicester and have a game in hand.

Unfortunately, they have Chelsea and Manchester City as their next two games before finishing with the second city derby against Aston Villa.

Leicester have Reading and Tottenham to play and could end up with nil points from those two games. Birmingham really need to get a point off the Champions League challengers to stand a chance to stay up.

In other news the Academy team lost 2-0 to Leicester in the plate final at Loughborough University and it will be interesting to see if any player from that team will graduate to the first team.

The best ones are already on loan at Championship teams to gain more first team experience.

Once the season is over, many senior players will turn their attention to the Euros, with not much of a break available to them before they come back for next season that will lead to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New-Zealand

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