Manchester City Women travel to North London to face on Sunday, eager to put the disappointment of their first home defeat since 2019 behind them. The blues controversially lost to Spurs, thanks to a handball that looked straight out of the Maradona 86 handbook, and now face a resurgent Gunners, who seem to have found their form after fading away in the second half of last season.
City’s task will be made much harder by their ever increasing injury list that has decimated the team, but they must get something out of the match if they are to keep pace with the leaders.
The Gunners have only played two games so far this season, but they have won them both, starting with a 3-2 home victory over Champions Chelsea.
Goal machine Vivianne Miedema scored after just 14 minutes, and despite Erin Cuthbert equalising just before half time, Beth Mead took on the scoring responsibilities, grabbing a second half brace, and although Pernille Harder pulled one back for Chelsea, it wasn’t enough to prevent a Gunners victory.
Mead and Miedema were on the scoresheet again when the Gunners won 4-0 at Reading, and along with Brighton, Spurs and the Stretford Girls, they maintained a 100% record so far.
Miedema is a one-person scoring machine, however Arsenal have strengthened with form blue Nikita Parris signing from Lyon. But the main threat looks to come from the reborn Mead, who has been in such form that she has won back her place in the England line up.
City will need to keep her quiet on Sunday if they are to prevent the Gunners from scoring.
Who’s The Boss?
Swedish manager Jonas Eidevall has only been in he Arsenal hotseat since August, having taken over from Joe Montemurro. Eidevall has formerly managed FC Rosengard and served as assistant at Helsingborgs IF.
Last Time Out
City did the league double over Arsenal last season. After a 2-1 win at the Academy Stadium in December, the blues secured a victory by the same scoreline at Meadow Park. Ellen White gave City a first half lead and, although Caitlin Foord levelled 12 minutes after half time, Lauren Hemp scored what proved to be the winner with 11 minutes remaining.