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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal FC scores his team's first goal during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester City and Arsenal on October 01, 2020 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 Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Questions need to be asked after another big game defeat for Arsenal

Arsenal were defeated, again, away to City after a poor 1st half left them with a mountain to climb so why are they struggling in big matches?
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little of Arsenal lift the trophy as they celebrate after during the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Winners, losers, Champions League places: FA WSL 2020/21 predictions

With the FA WSL new season starting on Sunday, it is prediction time! Who will win the 20/21 FA WSL, who will be relegated?
England's forward Alessia Russo (C) vies for the ball with France's forward Melvine Malard (L) and France's defender Selma Bacha (R) during the Women's U20 World Cup 3rd place football match between France and England at the La Rabine stadium, in Vannes, western France on August 24, 2018. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Russo and Wubben-Moy available: Why Arsenal should sign them

English youngsters, Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy, are on the market after leaving UNC and there is certainly a case for trying to sign the hugely talented players.
Arsenal's Scottish forward Lisa Evans goes for a header during the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final football match between Arsenal and Paris SG at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on August 22, 2020. (Photo by Clive Brunskill / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Coming up short: Arsenal 1 PSG Feminines 2

Arsenal's women went out of the Champions League, losing 2-1 to PSG Feminines, as they came short in the first game of the Final 8

Is Arsenal’s 20-player-squad good enough to win the Champions League?

In a month's time Arsenal's women's team will be in Spain trying to conquer Europe for a second time following their 2006/07 triumph and ahead of that the club have released both the new kit and squad numbers, but is the squad big enough?
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 14: Winning goalscorer Danielle Carter of Arsenal kisses the trophy after the SSE Women's FA Cup Final between Arsenal Ladies and Chelsea Ladies at Wembley Stadium on May 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

My first ever Arsenal Ladies away game outside of London

I remember my first game following the Arsenal Ladies outside London very well.
Joe Montemurro, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the FA Women's Continental League Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal Women and Reading Women at Meadow Park on January 15, 2020 in Borehamwood, England.

Why Joe Montemurro is still the right fit for Arsenal

There has been some recent criticism of the Arsenal manager and rightly so on certain occasions as the manager is judged on results, but I have read over-the-top criticism that does not make sense to me as I believe he is still the right fit for the club.
Lisa Evans of Arsenal celerbates with her team mates after scoring her sides ninth during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Bristol City at Meadow Park on December 01, 2019 in Borehamwood, United Kingdom.

What kind of players will Arsenal need to recruit this summer?

As we enter the final straight of the 2019/20 season, there are problems that have been clearly identified, like lack of squad depth in areas, so where do the Arsenal need to recruit to build as strong a squad as possible?
Arsenal Women vs Brighton (Photo via Twitter / ArsenalWFC)

Analysing how Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea spread playing time between players

Joe Montemurro's small squad policy was heavily criticised by some Arsenal fans following the 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea so I thought it would be interesting to look at how the big 3 teams are managing their players’ load and how they do the squad rotation.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 29: Caitlin Foord of Sydney FC controls the ball during the round 7 W-League match between Sydney FC and Adelaide United at Jubilee Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

What can Arsenal fans expect from their new Australian forward?

Caitlin Foord has said goodbye to her teammates and is heading for Arsenal before the end of this transfer window, so what can Gooners expect from the Australian international?
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal celebrates scoring her side's first goal with team mates during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Meadow Park on October 27, 2019 in Borehamwood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kate McShane/Getty Images)

Top 5 Arsenal women moments of the decade

To celebrate the new year, here are my Arsenal Women top 5 moments of the decade.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal celebrates scoring her side's first goal with team mates during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Meadow Park on October 27, 2019 in Borehamwood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kate McShane/Getty Images)

Voted by the fans: Arsenal Women’s Team of the Decade

As we reach the end of the decade, I thought it would be a good idea to do a fans' vote for the Arsenal Women's team of the decade.

Arsenal dominate FA WSL Team of Decade

As 2019 comes to a close, it seems right to select an FA WSL best XI spawning the decade with the league in it's ninth season.
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Jill Scott of England in action with Christie Murray of Scotland during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Scotland at Stade de Nice on June 9, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Top 6 worst Arsenal women signings this decade

Just like there have been a number of great signings for Arsenal women over the last decade, there have been a few stinkers too, so here are my top 6 worst Arsenal women signings from that period.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Jill Roord of Arsenal celebrates with team mates Vivianne Miedema and Katie McCabe after scoring their team's fifth goal during the pre season friendly match between Arsenal Women and Tottenham Hotspur Women at Meadow Park on August 25, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Top 5 Arsenal women signings from the last decade

Arsenal have made quite a few good signings over the past 10 years, so here are my top 5 Arsenal women's signings of the decade.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Kim Little and Leah Williamson of Arsenal after the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The FA can have the biggest league or salary cap, not both

There is a lot of talk about an FA WSL salary cap at the moment and why it should be removed or changed.

Analysing Arsenal’s first defeat of the season at Chelsea

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at Chelsea on Sunday and dropped to the third place in the table, three points behind Manchester City, a side...
WALSALL, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ellen White of England shoots on goal during the International Friendly between England Women and Denmark Women at Bank's Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Walsall, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Lionesses not performing: Where is it going wrong?

The England Lionesses are on a five-game streak without a win and any other result against Portugal would ramp the pressure on Phil Neville. But is he the only person responsible for the current situation?

First Arsenal game gives indication of pecking order

Arsenal beat West Ham 2-1 to start the season the same way as the last one ended - at the top of the league but what did the starting XI tell us about the squad?
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Danielle Carter, Jordan Nobbs, Beth Mead and Leah Williamson of Arsenal celebrate with the trophy after the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

FA WSL 2019/20 predictions: Arsenal and Chelsea top, Tottenham and Everton bottom

With the League starting on Saturday with the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium and Bristol v Brighton at Ashton Gate, it is time for my annual predictions.

If the FA want to grow the women’s game, why all the secrecy?

With the England u21 squad named for the Nordic Cup, we were treated to the usual behind-closed-doors sign for this well known u23 international tournament, adding to fans' frustrations.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Jill Roord of Arsenal celebrates with team mates Vivianne Miedema and Katie McCabe after scoring their team's fifth goal during the pre season friendly match between Arsenal Women and Tottenham Hotspur Women at Meadow Park on August 25, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Picking Arsenal’s 1st choice XI

Arsenal hammered Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 on Sunday to end their preseason in positive fashion, so now we should be able to work out Joe Montemurro's first choice XI.
ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 09: Jill Roord of Netherlands in action during the International Friendly Women's match between Netherlands and Chile at AFAS-Stadium on April 09, 2019 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

4 in, 2 out but where are all the English players? Arsenal Women’s transfer...

Arsenal Women's main transfer business was done before the World Cup with two players out and four players in so how is the squad looking and were are all the homegrown players?
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Danielle Van de Donk and Lisa Evans of Arsenal celebrate with the trophy after the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Top 5 Arsenal players, youth and breakthrough players of the season

This was supposed to be a top 3 list but Arsenal have been too damn good to select only three of them.
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal shoots and scores her team's second goal during the FA WSL match between Chelsea Women and Arsenal at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Kate McShane/Getty Images)

My FA WSL Team of the Year

Now that the season is finally over, it's time to present my FA WSL Team of the Year, based on the games I've attended and those that have been shown on TV.
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: The Arsenal Women players celebrate Vivianne Miedema's opening goal during the WSL match between Brighton and Hove Albion Women and Arsenal Women at Amex Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Arsenal win the league with reaction from Joe Montemurro & Danielle Carter

The Arsenal are back! Seven years after winning the league under Laura Harvey, Joe Montemurro and his players have brought the trophy back to Borehamwood.
Austria's defender Viktoria Schnaderbeck looks on during press conference during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football tournament in Breda on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

What kind of players will Arsenal recruit for Champions League football next season?

With Champions League now guaranteed for the time since 2013/14, it is time to look at potential reinforcements and the positions they might be needed.
Phil Neville speaking to Nikita Parris during England Women v France Women in the SheBelieves Cup

Do foreign players prevent young English players' accessing first team football?

When an international tournament appears on the horizon, the lack of opportunities for English players due to the rising number of foreigners becomes a trendy topic again.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal during the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Quarter-Final between Arsenal Women and Birmingham City Women at Meadow Park on January 9, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

FA WSL, BT Sport and BBC conspire to upset Arsenal fans

The FA WSL, BT Sport and the BBC seem to have conspired to upset Arsenal fans by no longer allowing us to enjoy a regular 2pm Sunday slot.

Is it fair these 3 players don’t get a chance with England?

There are a few names that have been thrown around as potential Lionesses at the World Cup who are not getting a look in.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Leah Williamson and Kim Little of Arsenal look dejected following the FA Women's Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Arsenal's road to the title is full of obstacles but they can overcome them

The penalty shoot-out to defeat to Manchester City on Saturday means the only remaining target for Arsenal's Women is the League title.

Arsenal v Manchester City: 2 UK papers disgrace themselves with coverage

On Saturday afternoon, Arsenal faced Manchester City in the Conti Cup final, not that you’d know it from the coverage in Sunday’s papers.
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Kim Little of Arsenal is treated for an injury after being tackled by Drew Spence of Chelsea during the FA WSL match between Chelsea Women and Arsenal at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Referees to clamp down on bad behaviour

The FA have finally started to address one of the biggest refereeing problems in Women's football - the leniency in applying Law 12 and the protection of players' physical integrity.

The rise and stay of football shirt sponsorships

Why it’s popular for gambling operators to sponsor football shirts and how football clubs and gambling operators are the perfect partnership!
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal shoots and scores her team's second goal during the FA WSL match between Chelsea Women and Arsenal at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Kate McShane/Getty Images)

My FA WSL 2018 Team of the Year

As we’re coming to the end of the year, here is my FA WSL 2018 best XI, based on the games I have attended and match highlights.
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16: Pernille Harder of Wolfsburg before the Allianz Frauen Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and 1. FFC Frankfurt at AOK-Stadion on September 16, 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Joachim Sielski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Top 3 Women players 2018

It is the end of year awards and time to disclose my top three players of the year.

Football is still a long way from gender equality

For Helen Ward, it’s too late to undo the injustices she faced. But in speaking out, she exposes some ugly truths that need addressing, and she helps pave the way for those who follow in her footsteps.
Olympique Lyonnais' Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg gestures after receiving the 2018 FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018. - The winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on December 3 evening, with Croatia's Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

What a t**t: Arsenal players react to Ballon d’Or sexism

What do you ask the first ever woman to win the Ballon d’Or who has just given a rousing speech aimed at encouraging more women and girls to get involved with the sport? Well, if you’re a dick with a dick, you ask her to twerk, of course.

Arsenal’s small squad size causing problems

Arsenal Women's unbeaten run ended up with a 2-0 defeat away at City but it wasn't unexpected considering our bad luck with injuries in the last few weeks.
Austria's defender Viktoria Schnaderbeck looks on during press conference during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football tournament in Breda on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Has the creation of a full-time league led to more professional contracts?

A couple of years ago, the FA decided to go for a full-time professional women's football League so with the FA WSL in a new era, let's have a look at the transfer numbers from 2013 to 2018.