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Manchester City Concedes First FAWSL Goal Away At Arsenal

Posted on 28 October 2019 by Alexandra Ibaceta

Arsenal handed Manchester City their first loss of the the FA Women’s Super League season beating them 1-0 at Meadow Park yesterday.

The Gunners victory over Man City left both teams on level standings while Chelsea go two points ahead at the top of the table.

City had yet to concede this WSL season, but the League’s reigning golden boot winner, Vivianne Miedema, was the one to put an end to City’s impressive start to the season.

Post match, she praised her team for getting the much needed three points after their 2-1 loss against Chelsea two Sundays ago which has left a sour taste lingering.

“We just wanted to win the game. Obviously happy to have helped the team, but I think today was a great team performance.

“We knew it’s going to be a hard game, Man City has a lot of qualities and I think it’s never gonna be an easy game when you play teams like Man City or Chelsea. So we knew we had to be patient and we especially knew that we had to be really good defensively and I think that’s the first and foremost thing we’ve done today.”

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Proven to be one of the best defenders in the league, Leah Williamson also emphasized how important it was to have a strong team performance and show that they hold the FAWSL title for a reason.

“We knew it was going to take a champion performance and I think you got the best of both worlds, us playing the good football but also holding on to the win is a hard thing against a top team. But especially after the Chelsea loss we needed three points on the board today so I’m very happy with the team.”

The London derby against Chelsea was the Gunners’ first loss of the season and it seems to have given Williamson and her teammates an extra push to avoid dropping points again.

“It’s good to win and it’s good get a consistent amount of wins in. We just needed to get back on track today so we’ll take everything we’ve done today into Thursday and onto the weekend as well,” she added.

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Arsenal manager, Joe Montemurro was happy his team stuck to their style of play, but dismissed the misconception that beating Chelsea and Man City is the only focus in the FAWSL.

“Chelsea was round four, this is round five and if we think that beating Chelsea and beating Man City is the only way that we’re going to win the league, it’s not. A lot of teams are very good in this league and every team is a danger.”

Taking three points away from City should not be undermined, they are still a side who have finished top two in the past four seasons.

“The biggest thing was off the ball. Our collective work ethic and pressing, not allowing them to play was special.

“They didn’t have any solutions and weren’t able to find any way through. All credit to the players,” he added.

The Gunners have an added workload this season as they make their first Champions League appearance in seven years.

Arsenal have yet to lose a match in the tournament and hope to carry their winning form this Thursday at Meadow Park, going into their second Round of 32 match against Slavia Praha with a 5-2 lead.