Beth Mead scored her first Women’s Super League goals in more than a year with two first-half goals as Arsenal claimed their eighth straight win by beating West Ham United at Meadow Park.
Forward Mead, who was was recalled by Britain on Tuesday For the first time since returning from an 11-month injury absence, she doubled her team’s advantage in the 18th minute and added a second from close range four minutes before the break to increase the lead. up 3-0.
Frida Maanum’s angled long-range shot gave Arsenal an early lead and deceived Megan Walsh on the goalkeeper’s West Ham debut, although the away side almost equalized when Viviane Asseyi’s header hit the post and missed. Luckily, this striker shook the wooden frame with a shot from close range. long distance after the first half.
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger saved Isibeal Atkinson’s late shot with her feet, and Hammers captain Hawa Cissoko came close to scoring a consolation goal but was unable to get the ball over the line in a challenge from the ball. corner kick.
Mead is making her second appearance in a row after a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament caused her to miss the 2023 Women’s World Cup, while Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema made her second appearance since suffering a similar injury on the field Substitution at the end of the second half.
Miedema threatened to embellish the scoreline when she was introduced on a busy afternoon for Walsh, who had saved Caitlin Foord’s shot in the first half.
Arsenal now face a top-flight clash with Chelsea at Emirates Stadium in their first match after the international break on December 10, when they will start the day three points behind the champions.
West Ham remains ranked above bottom team Bristol City on goal difference.
Mead’s joy sparked derby victory
This must have been the day Mead had been dreaming about during her long recovery from the injury she suffered in November 2022.England’s Euro 2022 winning player of the tournament looked up to the sky after scoring for the first time in 428 days, then dedicated her performance to her mother, who has passed away in January.
As he did against Brighton, Mead featured for 64 minutes before becoming part of a comeback that greatly improved Arsenal’s title hopes and the Lions’ attacking options.
“The first goal was fantastic,” Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall said. “She shows confidence, cutting in and using her left foot. She’s constantly putting herself in good scoring positions, so hopefully she’ll have some really good days with England and could come back and contribute a lot for us in the previous final.” Christmas.”
Chelsea beat Leicester 5-2means only Arsenal’s five-goal victory at the Emirates Stadium can knock them out in a fortnight, but the chance of a draw would make for an attractive opportunity for Eidevall, Mead and the record-breaking fans Their record on one occasion is set to surpass their own. The WSL’s record attendance at the stadium was 54,115, recorded by Arsenal on the opening day against Liverpool.
“It’s a big test but that’s what we want – competition and challenge,” Eidevall said. “Hopefully we’ll sell out and we’ll leave everything there.
“We are under no illusions that they will probably be our toughest opponents so far this season. We have to be the best version of ourselves and we will do everything in our power to I want to become that.”
West Ham suffered a fifth successive defeat but responded admirably to falling behind and were inches away from leveling Asseyi’s expert header from Lisa Evans’ cross.
West Ham manager Rehanne Skinner said: “We are not happy with the result but with the average age of the squad and the experience we are building in this league… we have created problems. real problem for Arsenal. “They are probably the team with the best football background in this tournament. To reduce what they do – even if it’s just by 45 minutes – is a big step forward.
“Our resources are very different. Obviously, that’s something we want to be able to improve on. It doesn’t happen overnight. It took Arsenal a lot of time to create such a squad. “
The making progress 4-2-3-1
- 15McCabeReplaced forMaritzIn sixty four’minute
- 21PelovaReplaced forWaltiIn 74′minute
- 9meadowReplaced forLacasseIn sixty four’minute
- twelfthmaanumReplaced foredemaIn 83′minute
- 23RussianReplaced forSmallIn 83′minute
West Ham Women
The making progress 5-3-2
- 23CissokoSet at 37 minutes
- twelfthHarriesReplaced foruncleIn 62′minute
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- 19HayashiReplaced forPhilliesIn 85′minute
- 20AsseiReplaced forAtkinsonIn 79′minute
- Lisa Benn
Match ended, Arsenal Women 3, West Ham United Women 0.
Second half ended, Arsenal Women 3, West Ham United Women 0.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Hawa Cissoko.
Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyra Cooney-Cross.
Missed attempt. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the center of the box misses the left post after a set play.
Cloé Lacasse (Arsenal Women) receives a free kick on the right wing.
Kirsty Smith (West Ham United Women) fouls.
Missed attempt. Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United Women) left footed shot from the center of the box is too high for the goal.
Saved attempt. Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved. Assisted by Lisa Evans.
Attempt blocked. Lisa Evans (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked
Missed attempt. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the center of the box misses to the right of the goal Assisted by Caitlin Foodd.
Offside, Arsenal Women. Amanda Ilestedt tried to pass the ball but Cloé Lacasse was offside.
Saved attempt. Hawa Cissoko (West Ham United Women) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the center of the box. Assisted by Riko Ueki.
Attempt blocked. Riko Ueki (West Ham United Women) header from the center of the box but the ball is blocked. Lisa Evans assisted in the cross.
Corner kick, West Ham United Women’s team. Conceded by Lotte Wubben-Moy.
Attempt blocked. Riko Ueki (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, West Ham United Women. Mel Filis replaces Honoka Hayashi.
Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).
Amber Tysiak (West Ham United Women) receives a free kick in the defensive half.
Caitlin Foodd (Arsenal Women) receives a direct free kick in the attacking half.