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Arsenal Women 3-1 Birmingham City Women: Gunners extend 100% WSL start

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WSL Highlights: Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham City

Arsenal maintained their 100% start to the Women's Super League season with a hard-earned win over Birmingham City.

After a goalless first half, the Gunners broke the deadlock when Jordan Nobbs fired home from Beth Mead's pass.

Blues levelled within a minute through Emma Follis' finish from a tight angle, but Danielle van de Donk put Arsenal back in front from the penalty spot.

Nobbs steered home a Lisa Evans cross in injury time to seal a seventh league win in seven games for the Gunners.

Third-placed Blues had kept five clean sheets in their opening six games and frustrated Arsenal for long periods, although City keeper Ann-Katrin Berger did have to make fine saves from Nobbs and Mead.

When Follis dinked over Gunners keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin to immediately cancel out Nobbs' opener, it seemed Blues could become the first team to take a point off the Gunners - but Aoife Mannion's tug on Evans for the match-turning penalty proved to be a pivotal moment.

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WSL: Jordan Nobbs seals Arsenal victory over Birmingham

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17Evans
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 3Mitchell
  • 19Wälti
  • 7van de Donk
  • 15McCabeSubstituted forSamuelssonat 79'minutes
  • 8Nobbs
  • 23MeadSubstituted forKemmeat 90'minutes
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 21Kemme
  • 24Kuyken

B'ham City Women

  • 30Berger
  • 23Scott
  • 25MannionBooked at 67mins
  • 3Sargeant
  • 6Harrop
  • 7Arthur
  • 37StaniforthBooked at 83mins
  • 14FollisSubstituted forQuinnat 75'minutes
  • 18Scofield
  • 8MaylingSubstituted forHaylesat 84'minutes
  • 15Wellings

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 11Quinn
  • 21Hayles
  • 29Hampton
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
1,431

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Women 3, Birmingham City Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 3, Birmingham City Women 1.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 3, Birmingham City Women 1. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lisa Evans.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lisa Evans with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Tabea Kemme replaces Beth Mead because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Shania Hayles replaces Sarah Mayling.

Booking

Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women).

Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jessica Samuelsson (Arsenal Women).

Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Lia Wälti.

Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Ann-Katrin Berger (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jessica Samuelsson (Arsenal Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Katie McCabe because of an injury.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Ann-Katrin Berger.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) because of an injury.

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Women).

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Lucy Quinn replaces Emma Follis.

Ann-Katrin Berger (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beth Mead (Arsenal Women).

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Meaghan Sargeant.

Attempt blocked. Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs with a cross.

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Women).

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 2, Birmingham City Women 1. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Arsenal Women. Lisa Evans draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Ann-Katrin Berger.

Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women77003443021
2Man City Women85302662018
3B'ham City Women741276113
4Chelsea Women834155013
5Reading Women732298111
6Liverpool Women7304411-79
7Bristol City Women7223511-68
8West Ham Women7214816-87
9Brighton Women7115515-104
10Yeovil Town Women7106519-143
11Everton Women6024411-72
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