THE LOWDOWNArsenal play Brighton & Hove Albion within the FA Cup semi-closing at Meadow Park on Sunday afternoon, bidding for a spot within the closing at Wembley on Sunday, fifth December towards the winners of Chelsea v Manchester City within the different semi-closing. This is the 2020-21 FA Cup competitors which was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic final winter and the ultimate rounds have been squeezed into the primary half of this season.
The Women’s FA Cup did away with impartial venues for semi-finals again in 2015 so the Gunners may have house benefit towards Hope Powell’s quickly bettering Brighton facet. It’s Arsenal first recreation since October 14th and a 4-0 house win towards Hoffenheim that boss Jonas Eidevall described as “the very best efficiency since I’m right here.”

We want your help on Sunday, Gooners ❤️
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— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 29, 2021

Brighton have consolidated on final season’s sixth positioned end within the WSL and presently sit in fifth place. They additionally boast a bona fide Arsenal legend of their ranks in Danielle Carter, whose objective at Wembley received the competitors for the Gunners towards Chelsea in 2016. It stays Arsenal’s most up-to-date FA Cup triumph and Eidevall’s facet will likely be determined to right the report.
Arsenal have received the competitors 14 instances, the subsequent greatest report is third tier Southampton, with seven wins. However, that is an Arsenal workforce targeted on the long run fairly than the previous and this additionally represents the earliest obtainable alternative to win silverware. You could recall that Joe Montemurro hoovered up the primary piece of silverware obtainable to him within the form of the 2018 Conti Cup, which constructed the foundations for the workforce to win the title the next season.
TEAM NEWSVivianne Miedema will likely be rested for this tie having additionally been given time without work from Netherlands most up-to-date worldwide fixture, Jonas Eidevall defined the logic behind these selections to Arseblog News on Friday. Eidevall additionally informed us that the muscle damage that prevented Viki Schnaderbeck from becoming a member of up with Austria lately is “not severe” however that she won’t be risked on Sunday, regardless that she is again in full coaching.
Simone Boye is accessible once more after a muscle damage having joined up with Denmark over the worldwide interval. Anna Patten can be obtainable once more having performed for England’s U-23s towards Belgium final week. Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord, Lydia Williams and Tobin Heath are all obtainable regardless of lengthy haul flights in the course of the worldwide interval. Malin Gut (ACL) is a protracted-time period absentee.
Available squadGOALKEEPERS: 1.Zinsberger, 18.Williams, 28.CullDEFENDERS: 3.Wubben-Moy, 4.Patten, 5.Beattie, 6.Williamson, 7.Catley, 16.Maritz, 20.Boye, 29.GoldieMIDFIELDERS: 8.Nobbs, 10.Little, 12.Maanum, 13.Wälti, 23.IwabuchiFORWARDS: 9.Mead, 14.Parris, 15.McCabe, 19.Foord, 77.Heath
A WORD FROM THE BOSSWe know what to anticipate from Brighton, they’re defensively very organised and they’re very sharp on the counter assaults however the one stress we really feel for this recreation is inner, once I got here right here I needed to see if I might assist this membership to win trophies once more and that is the primary one obtainable to us. I do know the membership’s historical past on this competitors and 5 and a half years is simply too lengthy with out profitable this competitors. This recreation is our ticket to the ultimate at Wembley and we need to take it.
LAST TIME OUTA Jordan Nobbs brace gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory when the perimeters met within the WSL at Meadow Park in April. Brighton have but to beat the Gunners since their promotion to the WSL in 2018 however Hope Powell’s facet have grown in energy significantly during the last season or so.

THE OPPOSITIONBrighton have been promoted to the WSL in 2018 and targeted on survival for his or her first two seasons within the league, which they achieved pretty comfortably on each events. Last season, they made an enormous step ahead with a snug sixth positioned end which by no means noticed them in any relegation bother in any respect. They have crushed Bristol City, Huddersfield and Charlton at house to this point on this competitors.
The Seagulls have lately opened a model new, state-of-the-art coaching facility for his or her girls’s workforce (which was really barely delayed because of the covid pandemic). Hope Powell’s facet have now been moved into an £8.5million coaching facility on the American Express Elite Performance Centre, the place the boys are based mostly.

“We know the scale of the problem we’re up towards… however we are going to go into the sport with no concern.” 👊
We caught up with @Fliss_Gibbons to speak about Sunday’s @VitalityWFACup semi-closing! 📝 #BHAFC
— Brighton & Hove Albion Women (@BHAFCWomen) October 29, 2021

Brighton beforehand skilled at Sussex University and used a health club at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, which meant travelling forwards and backwards between the 2 websites. Now consolidated as a WSL workforce, Brighton need to make a crack on the European locations, which will likely be an enormous ask for them however few groups have invested extra shrewdly of their girls’s workforce within the final decade than the Seagulls.
PLAYER TO WATCHWith Vivianne Miedema rested and Caitlin Foord having launched into a protracted-haul flight from Australia on Wednesday, there’s a likelihood that Nikita Parris will begin this recreation upfront for Arsenal. Keets is but to attain a WSL objective for the membership and has seen her alternatives ever so barely restricted by the type of Beth Mead.

As new signings, Parris and Tobin Heath are nonetheless feeling their manner into the workforce, nevertheless, this recreation represents an actual likelihood for Parris’ Arsenal profession to catch a flame. Brighton are defensively very sturdy and received’t be simple to interrupt down, as they demonstrated in the course of the shut fought recreation between the groups in April, when Brighton actually might have taken some extent. Parris’ tempo in behind might be the important thing to prizing them open.

Subs: 1.Zinsberger, 5.Beattie, 7.Catley, 12.Maanum, 16.Maritz, 19.Foord, 20.Boye, 77.Heath.
HOW TO CATCH THE GAMEThe match takes place at Meadow Park on Sunday at 4.45pm. The recreation shouldn’t be included for members, who’ve to purchase tickets for the sport. Tickets are priced at £8 adults and £4 concessions and can be found right here or on the gate. The match will likely be screened dwell on BBC Two within the UK.
COMING UPWe may have the standard match response from Jonas Eidevall on the location on Sunday night in addition to all the standard construct-up and response to subsequent weekend’s match towards West Ham. We may also have a particular Arsenal Women Arsecast popping out forward of Women’s Football Weekend on thirteenth and 14th November. If you missed the October mailbag version of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, it was launched on Friday and you will discover it right here.


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