Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema have a good time as Arsenal run riot in opposition to Reading. Photo: Jason Demay Davies/Sports Press Photo
NOT content material with hitting the 100-goal mark for Arsenal after a hat-trick in opposition to Slavia Prague within the Champions League in midweek, hotshot Vivianne Miedema added two extra to her tally with victory over Reading within the Women’s Super League on Sunday.
Of course, the Gunners have not often been brief of top-class strikers, from the prolific Marieanne Spacey in her pomp to Lianne Sanderson, who notably bagged 91 targets in two seasons when she was barely 20 years previous.
But Dutch worldwide Miedema is particular on this skilled age.
Thankfully, the 25-year-old additionally stays grounded regardless of the plaudits, admitting that she had felt “awkward” within the celebratory group huddle out in Prague.
“They have been all clapping me and saying congrats,” stated Miedema.
“I’m attempting to only transfer on and luxuriate in it, however that’s the response from my teammates that I respect.”
There has been a lot to admire within the performances of Miedema’s fellow 2017 signing Beth Mead this season, too.
The 26-year-old was the architect of Arsenal’s 4-0 win over the Royals on the Madejski Stadium, scoring one after which setting Miedema up for 2.
That made it 4 targets and 6 assists in six for the previous PFA and England Young Player of the Year, who’s now in camp together with her nation for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Joining Mead in head coach Sarina Wiegman’s first England squad is clubmate Lotte Wubben-Moy, who advised how the ahead’s type got here as no shock.
“I don’t count on something lower than what she’s doing proper now as a result of, actually, somebody who places that a lot exhausting work in will at all times see the outcomes, I firmly consider in that,” she added. “And you may see that’s the case with Beth, she’s been ‘balling out’ and I’m past blissful for her.”
The Gunners’ new boss, Jonas Eidevall, continues to be attending to know Mead, however in his post-match press convention he described her as a “constructive shock”. He added: “I hope she will be able to hold her type now when she will get the England shirt on to indicate she is a nice participant on a nationwide group stage as effectively.”
Nikita Parris and Leah Williamson are additionally within the England squad to face North Macedonia in Southampton tomorrow (Friday) and Luxembourg away on Tuesday.
TWO OUT OF TWO
The debate over goalline expertise and video assistant referees within the girls’s top-flight was additional fuelled on the weekend, this time by Spurs’ shock 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday. It was the primary time a visiting group had taken all three factors from City within the league since April 2018 – a whopping 33-game unbeaten dwelling run.
Lauren Hemp opened the scoring for City earlier than Tottenham levelled via Rachel Williams. But their 86th-minute winner regarded to have been handballed by Rosella Ayane earlier than being inadvertently helped in by goalkeeper Karima Benameur Taieb.
It was an imperfect aim that maintained a excellent begin to Rehanne Skinner’s first full season in cost of Spurs – not that the supervisor is getting above herself.
“We comprehend it’s a marathon not a dash,” she stated afterwards. “I’m not that person who’s going to get carried away with something off the again of two wins. We’ve nonetheless acquired work to do.”
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea, in the meantime, trounced Everton 4-0 in a match screened dwell on BBC2 and attended by greater than 2,300 followers at Kingsmeadow.
Former Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro will return to London on this winter’s Champions League group stage. But his new aspect Juventus will face Chelsea, not the Gunners, who have been drawn in opposition to holders Barcelona and debutants Hoffenheim and Koge.