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Arsenal Women 4-0 Bristol City Women: Vivianne Miedema hat-trick boosts Gunners' title bid

Vivianne Miedema.
Vivianne Miedema (right) moved on to 19 WSL goals for the season with her treble, one ahead of Manchester City's Nikita Parris in the race for the Golden Boot

Vivianne Miedema scored a hat-trick as Arsenal cruised past Bristol City to ensure the Women's Super League title race remains firmly in their own hands.

Miedema's treble and Katie McCabe's strike moved second-placed Arsenal back within two points of leaders Manchester City, with two games in hand.

The feat moved the Dutch forward on to 19 league goals this term, above City's Nikita Parris in the scoring stakes.

Arsenal will go top if they win their next game at Liverpool on 24 March.

The Gunners dominated the first half but only had one goal to show for their superiority as Miedema cleverly worked space in the area to fire them ahead.

By that point, Danielle van de Donk had already hit the post with a header and the Dutch midfielder was later denied by Gemma Evans' goal-line clearance.

Bristol City, who stand fifth in the WSL, rallied early in the second half but Abi Harrison's curler was saved by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin and Lucy Graham glanced wide when she beat the keeper to a cross.

Their failure to take those chances was ruthlessly punished by Miedema, who produced an exquisite first touch to control Dominique Bloodworth's pass and slot home Arsenal's second.

McCabe strode clear to add the third before Miedema - who had broken the WSL record for goals in a season by January - completed her hat-trick by turning home a Van de Donk pass.

Her treble was the perfect response to Golden Boot rival Parris, who had netted a hat-trick in City's 4-3 win at Reading 24 hours earlier.

Danielle Carter, making her return from a long-term injury, hit the woodwork in stoppage time for Arsenal but the margin of victory boosted their goal difference to +39 - seven better than City's.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema:

"It is always hard to come back after the international break but it is great that we won 4-0 and that gives us confidence for the rest of our games this season.

"To be honest I am not really that bothered about being the top goalscorer - I just want to win the league with Arsenal and we know that we need to win every single game from now on to do that.

"That is my main focus and if I get top goalscorer then that is fine but it is not my biggest aim right now."

Bristol City midfielder Carla Humphrey:

"I think Arsenal played very good football as they always do but we came out in the second half and pressed them high and we had them rattled a bit.

"If we had scored it would have been a different story but I was really pleased with how we played.

"We were very disappointed to concede the second goal and being a young team like we are it is about how you bounce back from that. We need to shut up shop."

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17EvansSubstituted forSamuelssonat 85'minutes
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forArnth Jensenat 77'minutes
  • 16Quinn
  • 2Veje
  • 10Little
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 7van de Donk
  • 15McCabe
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forCarterat 85'minutes
  • 23Mead

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 4Arnth Jensen
  • 9Carter
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 24Kuyken
  • 27Grant

Bristol City Women

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Baggaley
  • 2DykesBooked at 25mins
  • 6Kerkdijk
  • 3Evans
  • 7Pattinson
  • 8Humphrey
  • 5BrownSubstituted forAyaneat 45'minutes
  • 20Biesmans
  • 10Rutherford
  • 14Graham
  • 15Harrison

Substitutes

  • 9Kemppi
  • 13Cummings
  • 16Payne
  • 17Ayane
  • 18Wilson
  • 23Robinson
  • 27Woolley
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
1,019

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamBristol City Women
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 4, Bristol City Women FC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 4, Bristol City Women FC 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women).

  4. Post update

    Poppy Pattinson (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Beth Mead.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ella Rutherford (Bristol City Women FC) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Abigail Harrison with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Loren Dykes.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Little.

  10. Post update

    Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lucy Graham (Bristol City Women FC).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Vivianne Miedema.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Lisa Evans.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

  15. Post update

    Carla Humphrey (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City Women FC. Conceded by Katrine Veje.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Abigail Harrison (Bristol City Women FC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Julie Biesmans.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City Women FC. Abigail Harrison tries a through ball, but Lucy Graham is caught offside.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal Women 4, Bristol City Women FC 0. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Janni Arnth replaces Leah Williamson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women17125049143541
2Arsenal Women15130257114639
3Chelsea Women17105234112335
4B'ham City Women159152014628
5Bristol City Women166461326-1322
6West Ham Women166192129-819
7Reading Women155372224-218
8Liverpool Women155191126-1516
9Brighton Women1734101233-2113
10Everton Women14239926-179
11Yeovil United151113943-344
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