Search

WSL: Arsenal bid to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 11:08 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:08 07 October 2017

Arsenal's Jodie Taylor celebrates scoring England's second goal against Russia (pic Nick Potts/PA)

Arsenal's Jodie Taylor celebrates scoring England's second goal against Russia (pic Nick Potts/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointment at the hands of Mancheester City when they meet Bristol City at Meadow Park in the FA Women’s Super League.

City were similarly beaten by league leaders Chelsea on the opening day, but they quickly made amends with a narrow victory over Yeovil Town in week two.

Both teams will be looking to keep within touching distance with the league leaders, Man City and Chelsea, with both already strong at home and on their travels in this FAWSL season.

Arsenal have not had a problem scoring this season, with their England striker Jodie Taylor hitting two of the five goals they have netted so far.

However, having conceded seven already this season, Pedro Losa’s side will want to tighten up at the back as they hit their stride.

Bristol City did exactly that and, after shipping six against Chelsea, they rebounded against West Country rivals Yeovil and kept a clean sheet, whilst Frankie Brown got them off and running at the other end for their first points of the FA WSL season.

The two met at The Stoke Gifford Stadium at the back end of the Spring Series, where Arsenal produced a dominant display and ran out 5-0 winners.

Traditionally, Bristol City have not enjoyed playing Arsenal, having only bested the Gunners once in 11 league meetings between the two since the inaugural WSL season in 2011.

City’s solitary victory against the Gunners came back in 2014, missing out in their SSE Women’s FA Cup encounters too.

Taylor, England’s Euros goalscoring hero, is well worth keeping an eye on and has enjoyed a fruitful start to her Arsenal career so far, having scored five goals in her first nine league games since her return from the United States.

Taylor found the back of the net twice in the opening day victory over Birmingham, while she will be hoping to reproduce the form that made so many headlines during the 2017 Euros, where she became the first Englishwoman to score a hat-trick at a major tournament.

Expect to see her playing on the last defender, running the channels and creating space for fellow England international Jordan Nobbs to move inside in to and, hopefully for her and her other Arsenal teammates, finishing ruthlessly which has made her perhaps the most exciting striker in the country.

Pedro Losa said: “It is a good chance to bounce back, we had a very bad day last week but the season is long and it was just one game. We come back on Sunday and aim to get a good result.

“They have Carla Humphrey who is a great girl and will have a great season there, it’s a young team who love to play football and who will develop a lot.

“They were organised at times against Chelsea but then they received a massive result in terms of conceding goals.

“They will have changed things for the next game because they won’t have been happy with conceding the goals they did against Chelsea.”

* To buy tickets to an FA Women’s Super League match near you click here: www.fawsl.com/tickets.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

With the travel chaos caused through snowstorms and artic-like conditions read how one intrepid Arsenal fan – Danny Coyle, aka Grampian Gooner – made it from Scotland to the south coast for the game at Southampton on Sunday.

Yesterday, 14:45

Arsene Wenger lamented another sluggish start that led to Arsenal dropping points for a second week in succession following a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Yesterday, 14:14

Olivier Giroud climbed off the bench to rescue a point for Arsenal at Southampton.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Arsenal may have beaten BATE Borisov 6-0 on Thursday and Huddersfield Town 5-0 nine days ago but sandwiched in between was a 3-1 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

With the NBA London 2018 clash between Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena only a month away, excitement is growing on the other side of the Atlantic.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hailed Jack Wilshere after another superb performance this in after he also scored his first goal for the club for two years in the 6-0 Europa League rout of BATE Borisov.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

UFC returns to the capital next year at The O2 Arena on March 17

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Joe Montemurro takes charge of his first game as Arsenal manager as his side return to FA Women’s Super League action against Liverpool on Sunday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“With teenagers there’s a lot of banter, and you can really establish a relationship. You have to trust teenagers to make their own decisions.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now