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Opposition report: Arsenal Women

Blues Women take on Arsenal in the FA WSL this afternoon, have a closer look at the London outfit ahead of kick-off with our opposition report.

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A detailed look at today’s opponent…

FORM GUIDE:

The Gunners head into Sunday’s game off the back of an international break. Prior to this, they beat North London rivals, Spurs, in the Conti Cup. Joe Montemurro’s side are winless in two Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures after a defeat against Man United and draw with Chelsea in their last league fixture.

Despite the winless run, those two games were the first time Arsenal had dropped points this season and they currently find themselves second.

Big victories against Reading, West Ham, Bristol City, Brighton and Spurs – scoring 29 goals in those games – saw Montemurro’s side joint top of the table through September and October.

ARSENAL'S LAST FIVE RESULTS:

18 Nov Spurs 2-2 (5-4 pens) H Win Conti Cup
15 Nov Chelsea 1-1 H Draw
8 Nov Man United 1-0 A Loss
4 Nov London City 4-0 A Win Conti Cup
18 Oct Spurs 6-1 H Win

IN THE DUGOUT:

Joe Montemurro is the current Arsenal Manager. The Australian arrived at the club in November 2017, having previously managed both Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in his homeland. During his time in Australia, he won the W-League title twice.

Upon arrival at the Gunners, Montemurro implemented his style immediately and started building his side. In the 2018/19 season, Arsenal won the Women’s Super League title by seven points.

Under his stewardship, Arsenal have also won the Conti Cup, in 2018, and reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League last season, losing out to PSG.

ONE TO WATCH:

Vivianne Miedema is the league’s, and Arsenal’s, top goalscorer having already bagged 10 goals in seven games. She recently became the record goalscorer Women’s Super League history, scoring 52 goals so far. In their last game against Spurs, she scored the first goal of the game.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues suffered defeat in their only game against Arsenal last season, the home fixture was cancelled due to the early ending of the season. Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs gave Sunday’s hosts all three points in January.

DID YOU KNOW:

Arsenal’s title victory in 2018/19 as their first in seven years and secured their first appearance in the Champions League in five years. Their last appearance in the European competition was ended by Blues at the quarter final stage. 

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