WSL: Arsenal bid to bounce back
PUBLISHED: 11:08 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:08 07 October 2017
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.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.