Arsenal cruise to victory in front of record crowd


Vivianne Miedema scored twice as Arsenal cruised to a north London derby victory against Tottenham in front of a record crowd at Emirates Stadium.

With 47,367 fans watching, Beth Mead curled in a sublime opening goal.

Miedema doubled the Gunners’ lead before Rafaelle Souza headed home the third and Miedema added her second.

The previous Women’s Super League record of 38,262 was set in 2019 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the reverse fixture.

Saturday’s win was Arsenal’s 10th successive victory in the WSL.

The Gunners piled on pressure from the start and a partisan crowd were willing to play their part in intimidating Tottenham, who struggled to get into the game.

Mead should have opened the scoring inside the first two minutes when her shot deflected wide for a corner.

The England forward made no mistake three minutes later, curling her shot in from outside the box into the top-right corner.

Arsenal had confidence in abundance and were willing to shoot from all areas, Kim Little saw her effort from outside the box go just wide and Laura Wienroither also had a chance from long range.

Spurs were sloppy in possession and Miedema latched on to a careless pass deep in the Spurs half to send the crowd wild for a second time.

Arsenal were completely dominant and Souza leaped highest to nod home Mead’s corner before Miedema glanced a header into the back of the net moments after the record attendance was announced over the sound system, with both greeted by rapturous applause.

Arsenal have not conceded in their past eight WSL games and have scored 39 goals in their 10 wins, which go back to last season.

The Gunners had 38 shots in their 4-0 win over Brighton on the opening weekend of the season and wave after wave of attack came again against Spurs, who were found wanting in possession and in attack.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 26Wienroither
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Carvalho SouzaSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 87′minutes
  • 7Catley
  • 10LittleSubstituted forMaanumat 86′minutes
  • 13Wälti
  • 15McCabe
  • 19FoordBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBlacksteniusat 69′minutes
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forNobbsat 69′minutes
  • 9MeadSubstituted forHurtigat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 5Beattie
  • 8Nobbs
  • 12Maanum
  • 16Maritz
  • 17Hurtig
  • 18Marckese
  • 23Iwabuchi
  • 25Blackstenius

Tottenham Women

Formation 3-4-3

  • 22Spencer
  • 4TurnerBooked at 59mins
  • 5Bartrip
  • 3Zadorsky
  • 14Ildhusøy
  • 8ChoSubstituted forJamesat 63′minutes
  • 25Summanen
  • 29NevilleBooked at 62mins
  • 24SpenceBooked at 54minsSubstituted forPetzelbergerat 63′minutes
  • 17SimonSubstituted forKarczewskaat 64′minutes
  • 7NazSubstituted forAleat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Korpela
  • 9Karczewska
  • 11Petzelberger
  • 13Ale
  • 15James
  • 26Pearse

Referee:
Rebecca Welch

Attendance:
47,367

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