THE LOWDOWNArsenal play at dwelling to Manchester City within the WSL on Sunday in a showdown between two groups who will likely be competing for the WSL title this season. The Gunners misplaced all three of their matches towards City final season, all by two objectives to 1, however with a renewed power within the workforce underneath new coach Jonas Eidevall and a house victory over Chelsea already this season, Arsenal will likely be in buoyant temper for this one.
Arsenal have gained all six of their aggressive video games underneath Eidevall up to now however they know they’d a slight bodily benefit within the opening match of the season towards Chelsea, having began their season barely early attributable to Champions League qualifiers. City’s damage state of affairs has made the house facet favourites for this recreation however they know that the guests nonetheless pack loads of high quality into their squad.

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The guests have been eradicated from the Champions League on the qualifying stage by Real Madrid and, shortly earlier than the worldwide break, fell to a shock defeat at dwelling to Spurs. They are at a low ebb with loads of accidents however there’s merely no such factor as a straightforward recreation towards City. Arsenal will need to proceed their good begin to the season however they’ve misplaced to the guests sufficient instances within the current previous to be cautious.
Like most video games between the large three of Arsenal, Chelsea and City, the sport will probably be determined by small particulars. Arsenal have the fillip of one thing approaching a full invoice of well being with solely Simone Boye positively dominated out via damage. This is one other early examination of Arsenal’s title credentials at Meadow Park.
TEAM NEWSArsenal can have Noelle Maritz and Caitlin Foord accessible after each gamers didn’t characteristic for his or her nations throughout the current worldwide interval. Frida Maanum has additionally been handed match regardless of struggling a blow to the ribs taking part in for Norway on Tuesday night. Jordan Nobbs returns to the squad after six weeks out with an ankle damage and Viki Schnaderbeck might additionally make the squad for the primary time since injuring her knee final November.
Simone Boye Sorensen (knee) and Malin Gut (ACL) are the one gamers that can positively miss out on this recreation, Tobin Heath may also be accessible for the primary time having arrived in England on Friday and occurred in her first coaching session on Saturday. Jonas Eidevall instructed Arseblog News on Friday of the returning gamers, “possibly they don’t seem to be all accessible to start out however they need to be accessible.”
Available squadGOALKEEPERS: 1.Zinsberger, 18.Williams, 28.CullDEFENDERS: 3.Wubben-Moy, 4.Patten, 5.Beattie, 6.Williamson, 7.Catley, 16.Maritz, 22.Schnaderbeck, 29.GoldieMIDFIELDERS: 8.Nobbs, 10.Little, 12.Maanum, 13.Wälti, 23.IwabuchiFORWARDS: 9.Mead, 11.Miedema, 14.Parris, 15.McCabe, 19.Foord, 77.Heath.
A WORD FROM THE BOSS“The worldwide interval will not be actually a break for the coaches both, we attempt to work with the event of the gamers who stick with us but in addition the gamers which might be away. Within the technical workers, we divide up particular nationwide groups to observe to see the video games via the eyes of our particular person gamers.
“For instance, I watch the Netherlands and now we solely have one Dutch participant, I can simply watch from Viv’s perspective. It’s actually helpful as a result of it helps us to study their surroundings within the nationwide workforce and their roles there, what the variations are between their roles at membership degree. We take a look at whether or not there are issues we are able to work with their nationwide groups on that we might each profit from.
“That’s one facet. Of course, we’re additionally reviewing what we (Arsenal) have executed within the first few video games. From a outcomes perspective, nice, from a efficiency perspective, nonetheless numerous work to do. We’ve had nice moments in video games however to raised we should be extra constant in video games and we should be higher collectively. It’s regular that that takes a while. We aren’t getting carried away, we’re taking a look at it in a humble approach and we all know we much more work must be executed.”
LAST TIME OUTWhen the groups met in February, Manchester City ran out 2-1 winners. Ellen White opened the scoring within the first half, Caitlin Foord bagged a second half equaliser just for Lauren Hemp to move dwelling a late winner.

THE OPPOSITIONManchester City have endured a rocky begin to the season, having unexpectedly misplaced their Champions League qualifying match to Real Madrid, they suffered a shock defeat at dwelling to Tottenham simply earlier than the worldwide break as nicely. Gareth Taylor’s damage listing is prolonged, even when Caroline Weir has been handed match for this match.
Ellie Roebuck, Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Esme Morgan, Steph Houghton, Keira Walsh, Chloe Kelly and Hayley Raso are all out for this recreation with Alex Greenwood dealing with a late health take a look at. It might imply a begin for Arsenal academy graduate Ruby Mace, who left Arsenal for City this summer season, at centre-half.
There must be questions on City’s spend to success ratio, having solely gained one WSL title and with serial underperformance in Europe. However, they continue to be a wonderful workforce with a wonderful squad and Arsenal haven’t overwhelmed them in almost two years. Even with their accidents, they are going to nonetheless discipline a workforce stuffed with top-class worldwide gamers come Sunday.

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PLAYER TO WATCHNoelle Maritz has been handed match for this recreation and she’s going to come up towards Lauren Hemp, who is likely one of the finest huge gamers within the WSL. Hemp has scored in her final three outings towards Arsenal and together with her capability to each tackle her full-back and to assault the world for crosses from the correct, she is City’s most harmful participant.

Maritz will likely be charged with conserving a watchful eye on Hemp. With Catley overlapping on the left, Noelle tends to play a barely extra conservative position on the correct hand facet in any case. She will face few stiffer assessments than Lauren Hemp this season, if the Swiss right-back comes out on high on this battle, it’s fairly probably that Arsenal will too.

Subs: 3.Wubben-Moy, 4.Patten, 8.Nobbs, 14.Parris, 18.Williams, 19.Foord, 22.Schnaderbeck, 23.Iwabuchi, 77.Heath.
HOW TO CATCH THE GAMEThe recreation kicks off at 6.45pm on Sunday at Meadow Park with tickets accessible on the gate at £12 adults and £6 concessions. The match will likely be screened dwell on Sky Sports straight after the North London Derby between the lads’s groups on Sunday. This match is being broadcast all around the world, so examine your native listings. If your nationwide WSL broadcaster isn’t carrying it, you may watch it without spending a dime on the FA Player app freed from cost.
COMING UPWe can have match response from Jonas Eidevall on the positioning on Sunday evening, in addition to all the same old build-up and response for Wednesday evening’s FA Cup tie towards Spurs. All issues being equal we should always have one other Arsenal Women Arsecast for you subsequent week too, that includes a really particular visitor.


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