Arsenal are again in WSL motion for the primary time in almost a month, as they host West Ham on Sunday night at Meadow Park. The Gunners final performed within the WSL on October tenth, with Champions League soccer, a world break and final weekend’s FA Cup semi-final occurring within the 4 weeks since Arsenal beat Everton 3-0.
The Gunners enter play on Sunday prime of the league, with Chelsea’s 1-0 victory on Saturday in opposition to Aston Villa not giant sufficient to ship the defending champions forward of Arsenal on aim distinction. Arsenal can be eager to preserve momentum going, although, with 5 video games within the subsequent two weeks.
West Ham had been mired within the relegation battle for nearly the whole lot of final season, finally ending three factors away from the underside. Having gained solely three video games final season, West Ham have already gained twice this marketing campaign, and discover themselves sixth. Oli Harder, appointed final winter, introduced in eleven gamers, whereas additionally seeing ten gamers go away the membership completely. Most pertinently, Claudia Walker joined from Birmingham, Australian worldwide Tameka Yallop joined, the gifted Japanese midfielder Yui Hasegawa signed from AC Milan, and the membership signed Lisa Evans from Arsenal on mortgage—Evans is ineligible to play.
This season, then, has seen a markedly completely different West Ham. They gained away at Manchester City, and so they look much more snug in Harder’s most well-liked 3-4-3, with Dagny Brynjarsdottir and both Abbey Leigh-Stringer or Zaneta Wyne offering cowl in midfield, with a mix of Hasegawa, Yallop, and Adrianna Leon enjoying behind Walker, who appears to maintain play up.
Arsenal ought to beat West Ham, however West Ham could have checked out how Brighton final weekend and Aston Villa final month stymied the Gunners for 45 minutes, and can strive to achieve this for an extended interval, whereas additionally look to exploit Arsenal’s excessive defensive position.
Vivianne Miedema, Tobin Heath, and Lotte Wubben-Moy are all out there, after they had been rested final weekend by Jonas Eidevall. Steph Catley is match after a minor harm.
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Katie McCabe picked up October’s Barclays participant of the month, in addition to aim of the month. McCabe has carried on the shape that noticed her named as Arsenal’s participant of the season from final marketing campaign, having already scored three objectives and assisted three within the league, enjoying each left again and left wing. As West Ham look to make the sport extra transitional, McCabe might be essential in getting Arsenal to break them down, particularly if she will be able to mix down the left as she has performed in latest weeks. Arsenal swing in additional crosses below Jonas Eidevall, and one motive why, past simply the supervisor’s preferences, is the standard of supply, particularly from McCabe.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): 1. Zinsberger; 4. Patten, 6. Williamson, 5. Beattie, 15. McCabe; 12. Maanum, 10. Little; 9. Mead, 8. Nobbs, 23. Iwabuchi; 11. MiedemaSubstitutes: 18. Williams, 3. Wubben-Moy, 7. Catley, 13. Wälti, 14. Parris, 16. Maritz, 19. Foord, 20. Boye, 77. Heath
WHAT: Arsenal Women vs West Ham United Women, FA WSL
WHERE: Meadow Park, Borehamwood
WHEN: Sunday, November seventh 10:45 AM PST | 1:45 PM EST | 6:45 PM GMT
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