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Arsenal Women secured a commanding 3-0 victory over West Ham United in the Barclays Women’s Super League, extending their unbeaten run to nine games.

The match, played on a brisk Sunday afternoon at Meadow Park, saw Arsenal looking to maintain their winning streak in pursuit of Chelsea at the top of the table.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Beth Mead of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Katie McCabe after she scores her sides third goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Meadow Park on November 26, 2023 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Beth Mead of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Katie McCabe after she scores her sides third goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Meadow Park on November 26, 2023 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The game opened with Arsenal showing early dominance. Frida Maanum scored a delightful chip in the opening two minutes, marking her second WSL goal in consecutive games.

The team continued to control the match, with Kyra Cooney-Cross and Alessia Russo making notable contributions, although Russo’s attempt on goal didn’t trouble the West Ham goalkeeper, Walsh.

Defensively, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Amanda Ilestedt were solid, effectively keeping West Ham’s efforts at bay.

The highlight of the first half was Beth Mead, who became only the second player in WSL history to reach 100 goal involvements, joining Vivianne Miedema in this achievement.

Mead scored her first goal back from injury with a stylish curl, and then added a second before half-time, assisted by Russo.

West Ham started the second half with more energy, but Arsenal’s defence, with Manuela Zinsberger in goal, who recorded her second consecutive clean sheet, remained unbreached.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Beth Mead of Arsenal scores her sides third goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Meadow Park on November 26, 2023 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Beth Mead of Arsenal scores her sides third goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Meadow Park on November 26, 2023 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Arsenal had opportunities to increase their lead through substitutes Miedema and Cloe Lacasse, but the score remained 3-0.

Looking ahead, Arsenal Women will face a top-of-the-table clash against Chelsea after a two-week international break. The much-anticipated fixture has already sold 50,000 tickets and will be held at Emirates Stadium.

Eidevall reflects on Arsenal Women’s victory

Arsenal Women’s 3-0 triumph over West Ham United was a display of excellent performance and character, according to head coach Jonas Eidevall.

Eidevall noted the team’s effective pressing and ball movement, which he felt were crucial in securing the win. He highlighted the importance of learning from past games where opponents brought high intensity, suggesting that these experiences positively influenced their performance against West Ham.

Mead’s return to form was a particular point of pride for Eidevall. He praised her hard work in recovering from a tough injury and emphasised the team spirit, noting the shared joy among players for Mead’s success.

Mead’s two goals in the match, her first since returning from injury, were seen as a testament to her dedication and the team’s support for her journey.

“I think you can see it’s a really close-knit and together playing group and you can see the joy that everyone has for Beth scoring that goal because each one is ready to work so hard to get success for the other person,” Eidevall said.

“And I think that’s the foundation of teamwork, that you want to work hard for each other. Beth has been working really hard and it’s a really tough injury to rehabilitate from, but we’re all delighted that she’s been back here on the pitch. She has been close in other games to get her first goal, And today it was really nice to see her get two.”

Kyra Cooney-Cross also received commendation from Eidevall. Acknowledging the challenge of transitioning from the Swedish league to the English league, Eidevall was delighted with how quickly Cooney-Cross has adapted and become a vital part of the team.

Eidevall concluded by discussing the team’s plans during the international break: “That’s what we always try to do here, to learn from the experiences.

“It’s a little odd this one here because we have only come back for such a short time together, we will have two days practice and then we’re going to play three games in six days, so we just need to be able to work really, really well during these final days that we have left before Christmas and make a final and strong push here so we can end the autumn season in the best possible way.”

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Arsenal Women are one of the most successful women’s football teams in existence. Founded in 1987, they play at Meadow Park. They are currently managed by Jonas Eidevall and captained by Kim Little.

Arsenal women history

The Evolution of Arsenal Women FC: Pioneers of the Beautiful Game

Arsenal Women Football Club, a team synonymous with success and innovation, stands as a beacon of women’s football in England and across the globe. Their journey from humble beginnings to becoming trailblazers in the sport is a testament to their dedication and the growing appeal of women’s football.

The early years

Founded in 1987 as Arsenal Ladies FC, the team was born out of the passion and commitment of Vic Akers, who managed the Arsenal FC kit room at the time. Akers saw potential in a women’s side associated with the prestigious Arsenal name and worked to bring it to fruition. From these modest origins, the club quickly established a reputation for excellence, securing their first major trophy, the Women’s FA Cup, in 1993.

Dominance in England

Arsenal Women’s dominance began to take shape in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their trophy cabinet expanded with multiple league titles, FA Cups, and League Cups. In 2001, the team achieved a historic domestic treble, underlining their prowess on the field. This golden era was characterised by a strong development programme, scouting networks, and a philosophy rooted in playing attractive, attacking football.

The European triumph

The club’s relentless pursuit of greatness saw them conquer Europe with the UEFA Women’s Cup victory in 2007. This landmark achievement made Arsenal the first and, until recently, the only British club to win the prestigious competition, setting a benchmark for others to aspire to.

Investment and professionalism

With increased investment in the women’s game, Arsenal transitioned to full-time professional status, reflecting the club’s ambition to stay at the pinnacle of women’s football. This shift was pivotal in attracting top talent from around the world, further professionalising the team, and maintaining their competitive edge.

Challenges and resilience

Despite their success, Arsenal Women faced challenges. The introduction of the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) in 2011 brought heightened competition. Arsenal initially continued their dominance but eventually saw rivals like Chelsea and Manchester City strengthen, signifying a shift in the balance of power.

The modern era

In recent years, Arsenal Women have reasserted themselves as title contenders in the WSL. With a commitment to nurturing young talent and combining it with experienced internationals, the team continues to be a force in English women’s football. The club has made significant strides in marketing and visibility, with matches being held at the Emirates Stadium, showcasing the growing fanbase and media interest.

Conclusion

The story of Arsenal Women is one of ambition, progress, and an unwavering desire to push the boundaries of the sport. Their history is not just a series of victories but a narrative that mirrors the evolution of women’s football, with Arsenal consistently at the heart of its development. As the game continues to grow, Arsenal Women FC‘s legacy serves as both a foundation and a beacon for the future of the sport.