WSL: Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0
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Arsenal gave new manager Joe Montemurro something to look forward to after a dominant FA WSL 1 win over Sunderland at Boreham Wood.
Vivianne Miedema and captain Jordan Nobbs both scored unstoppable curling goals after Louise Quinn nodded Arsenal in front, all in the second half.
And that got the Gunners back to winning ways after their defeat to Reading in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup last time out, and will give their new manager reason to cheer when arrives next week in north London.
Ex-Sunderland striker Beth Mead stung Rachel Laws’ fingertips after seven minutes to give the visitors a taste of what was to come.
Arsenal ran the rest of the half and captain Nobbs saw a free kick bundled off the line by four Sunderland players on 37 minutes, before the half-time whistle came to the visitors’ rescue.
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The hosts started the second half as they ended the first, as Danielle Carter put Mead through, who shot from wide on 49 minutes.
The Black Cats briefly gained momentum, with captain Lucy Staniforth shooting high a minute later, before Carter worked space only to curl wide of Sunderland’s goal on 54 minutes.
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Arsenal broke through on 58 minutes as Quinn headed Nobbs’ free kick into the bottom-left corner.
ANd the home side had their second 10 minutes later, with Miedema curling a lay-off from Danielle van de Donk into the top-right corner.
Sunderland conceded a free-kick on 76 minutes on the edge of the penalty box, a gift for Nobbs to curl into the bottom-left corner.
And Nobbs almost had a second with a volley in the box five minutes from full time, but drove it straight at Laws.
Sunderland substitute Simona Koren had a clear run in stoppage-time but was denied by Anna Moorehouse, sealing a formidable performance and a clean sheet for Arsenal’s new Australian boss to build on.
Nobbs: “It was a must-win game for us, so to get three goals and three points is the main thing.
“We had a lot of possession, so luckily in the second half we scored some goals.
“We had chances in the Reading game but were not as clinical as we would have liked, but in this game we were definitely more comfortable on the ball, wanting to play some football. We just need to stay comfortable and keep creating those chances.
“The new manager is coming soon, and we are looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to what he can bring, so hopefully he will bring that winning mentality from Australia, and I’m sure he will.”
*England face Bosnia & Herzegovina in a FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier at Walsall FC on November 24 (7.05pm). Buy tickets (£10 Adult/£1 Under-18) at thefa.com/tickets.