The FA Women’s Super League is taking a break till November because of worldwide soccer so, after 5 gameweeks, what higher time to have an early evaluate?
Chelsea went into the 2021/22 marketing campaign as defending champions, pipping Manchester City by simply two factors, Leicester City changed Bristol City and there have been 4 managers taking cost of new groups. There have been additionally two new stadiums introduced in with Birmingham City taking part in their matches at St Andrew’s whereas Leicester moved to the King Power, each sharing with their males’s aspect.
The begin to the new season has already been considerably punctured because of a global break final month, however that hasn’t stopped some sides from making early statements of intent and others citing worries that might final the complete marketing campaign.

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But what precisely has the WSL taught us so far?
1. Arsenal are excellent below Eidevall
Arsenal have been stagnating below Joe Montemurro final season and appeared unlikely to bother Chelsea and Manchester City until one thing modified. That change did are available the summer season, with Montemurro stepping down (ultimately taking up at Juventus) and Jonas Eidevall changing him. The appointment got here with so much of pleasure however it will be honest to say nobody may have predicted Arsenal to begin the new marketing campaign as they’ve.
The Gunners had, on paper, the hardest begin to the new season dealing with Chelsea and Man City inside their opening three video games however Eidevall’s aspect navigated the two matches with the utmost professionalism. Against Chelsea, Arsenal weathered an early storm to ultimately take management of the sport towards the defending champions and have been totally deserving of their 3-2 win — their first victory over the Blues for nearly three years.

✅ 5 GAMES 🤩 5 WINS 🔥 19 GOALS 💪 4 CLEAN SHEETS pic.twitter.com/WwbuvsoQMK
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 10, 2021

Reading have been dispatched subsequent earlier than Man City got here to Meadow Park for what can solely be described as a thrashing. Arsenal took a 2-0 lead into half-time however ultimately beat Man City into additional submission, ending with a 5-0 victory that totally humiliated their opponents and confirmed that the Gunners imply enterprise.
Aston Villa and Everton have additionally fallen to Arsenal who stay the solely crew in the WSL but to style defeat, with 5 wins from 5 video games, scoring 19 and conceding simply twice. The solely blemish on the marketing campaign so far got here in the Champions League, however their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona shouldn’t be used to tar Arsenal as the Spanish aspect are most likely the finest crew in the world, not to mention Europe.
What Eidevall has carried out at Arsenal in such a brief interval of time is very large, particularly when you think about the place they have been going below Montemurro. He has Beth Mead taking part in at her finest, Katie McCabe shining once more and new signing Frida Maanum has taken to the WSL like a duck to water — amongst their many different performing stars reminiscent of Vivianne Miedema, Mana Iwabuchi and Leah Williamson. We’re nearly 1 / 4 of a approach by the marketing campaign (5/22 matches performed) and Arsenal are already wanting powerful to beat.
2. Man City misplaced below Taylor
For those that are new to the league, Arsenal are thought-about one of the ‘Big Three’ alongside Chelsea and Man City. Chelsea are second, three factors behind Arsenal, however Man City have had a disastrous begin to 2021/22 and at the moment sit down in ninth.
Despite ending second final season and profitable the 2019/20 FA Cup, the jury was nonetheless out on Gareth Taylor, who changed Nick Cushing in May 2020, and the feeling was that he’d want a giant marketing campaign this 12 months to show himself. But after 5 video games Taylor seems to be on the edge of a sacking.
Man City did get their WSL marketing campaign off to the excellent begin, beating Everton 4-0 however that was instantly forgotten as the Citizens have been dumped out of the Champions League in qualifying, shedding 2-1 to Real Madrid over two legs. And though Man City have tasted victory in the 2020/21 FA Cup quarter-final (which has carried over to the new marketing campaign), Taylor’s aspect at the moment are 4 video games with no win in the WSL.

FULL TIME | Well overwhelmed on the evening.
🔴 5-0 🔵 #ManCity | https://t.co/HkTzfLv0HJ pic.twitter.com/uSdLnU2RZy
— Man City Women (@ManCityWomen) September 26, 2021

A shock 2-1 defeat at dwelling to Tottenham was adopted by the aforementioned thrashing at Arsenal, earlier than West Ham left the Academy Stadium with all three factors. Defeat in the weekend’s Manchester Derby would probably have spelt the finish for Taylor, however Man City managed a 2-2 draw regardless of Georgia Stanway’s first-half sending off.
Sure, Man City have had so much of harm issues however it’s not simply the winless run, as some of Taylor’s choices almost about his beginning XIs have raised so much of questions. Against Man Utd, for instance, Taylor beginning with midfielders Jill Scott and Stanway at centre-back and right-back respectively, regardless of having defenders Ruby Mace and Alanna Kennedy on the bench.
Taylor could also be the man most grateful for the worldwide break.
3. Baptism of fireplace for Leicester
It’s not unusual for a newly promoted aspect to battle in the prime flight however followers have been enthusiastic about Leicester City as they’d received the Championship with relative ease all whereas taking part in good soccer.
But after 5 video games the Foxes sit backside of the WSL with no level, scoring simply two objectives and conceding 13. Things may have been so much completely different for Leicester had they made the most of their dominance of their opening sport towards Aston Villa wherein Natasha Flint gave them the lead. But the Foxes let Villa rating two objectives in as many minutes and so they have been unable to show issues again round.
What adopted was a tricky run of fixtures that noticed Leicester face Man Utd, West Ham and Tottenham, the latter nonetheless being excellent in the league at that time. Three defeats got here, with 9 objectives conceded and only one scored (in the 3-1 loss to Man Utd).
After a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, Leicester go into the break backside of the desk and now with no purpose in three league video games, with Man City their subsequent opponents when the WSL resumes. But whereas they’re nonetheless awaiting their first level, the defeat to Chelsea can present encouragement for Leicester.

We deserved so way more from at this time’s sport however proud of the ladies at this time to maintain a prime prime crew at bay as much as the eighty fifth min 🙌🏽 outcomes are simply spherical the nook from this crew 💙 https://t.co/e3bNFY72KJ
— Kirstie Levell (@kirstielevell97) October 10, 2021

The Foxes have been defensively sensible towards Chelsea and it was solely as soon as the Blues had introduced Ji So-yun, Guro Reiten, Sam Kerr, Erin Cuthbert and Pernille Harder on from the bench — to affix the likes of Fran Kirby, Niamh Charles and Jessie Fleming in what was basically a 2-0-8 — that they managed to interrupt by in the 83rd minute. Other groups received’t have that high quality and on one other day Leicester may have left Kingsmeadow with their first level of the season.
It isn’t all doom and gloom, however Leicester might want to begin changing good performances to factors if they’re to keep away from a direct return to the Championship.
4. The darkish horses falling at first hurdle
Before the season, Everton have been so much of folks’s darkish horses for the WSL. They have been by no means going to win the league, however they have been being tipped by some to trigger an upset and snatch the ultimate Champions League spot after a summer season of massive signings, if Willie Kirk managed to get issues proper.
He hasn’t.
Everton could have received two video games so far, beating Birmingham 3-1 and Reading 3-0, however this season was going to be about how they fared towards the ‘Big Three’. Well, Everton have performed Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal already this season and their document stands at three video games, three defeats and 11 objectives conceded.

FT. Defeat in London.
🔴 3-0 ⚫️ #ARSEVE pic.twitter.com/2TycLAXvqX
— Everton Women (@EvertonWomen) October 10, 2021

The Toffees began the marketing campaign with back-to-back 4-0 defeats to Man City and Chelsea, displaying little or no risk of scoring towards both aspect, not to mention taking factors towards them. It was an identical case in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal of their ultimate sport earlier than the break, as the Toffees managed simply 5 pictures with one on track and conceded two objectives because of unhealthy defending — Sandy MacIver ought to have carried out higher to cease Katie McCabe’s shot, whereas Lotte Wubben-Moy’s purpose got here from a set-piece.
5. ‘Kerrby’ lead the early standings however Arsenal dominate
Although Chelsea are behind Arsenal in the league standings, they do have a participant at the prime of the each the early objectives and assists leaderboards. Sam Kerr, who received the 2020/21 WSL Golden Boot, has picked up from the place she left off and has netted 5 instances so far this season, sitting one clear of Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little — who’re joined by Arsenal teammates Katie McCabe and Beth Mead in the prime 5 (on minutes performed).
Meanwhile, Fran Kirby leads the help standings additionally with 5, another than Ella Toone. There are then a trio on three assists together with Toone’s Man Utd teammate Hannah Blundell, with McCabe and Mead as soon as once more displaying their heads.
2021/22 WSL prime scorers

Position
Player
Club
Goals
Minutes Played

1st
Sam Kerr
Chelsea
5
315

2nd
Vivianne Miedema
Arsenal
4
364

third
Kim Little
Arsenal
4
449

4th
Katie McCabe
Arsenal
3
320

fifth
Beth Mead
Arsenal
3
357

 
2021/22 help leaders

Position
Player
Club
Assists
Minutes Played

1st
Fran Kirby
Chelsea
5
360

2nd
Ella Toone
Man Utd
4
425

third
Katie McCabe
Arsenal
3
320

4th
Beth Mead
Arsenal
3
357

fifth
Hannah Blundell
Man Utd
3
450



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