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Women's Super League: Arsenal 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

By Tom GarryBBC Sport

Arsenal earned a third win from three at the start of their Women's Super League title defence with a classy display against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Gunners' convincing win was capped with England's Jordan Nobbs' first goal since her return from a lengthy knee injury that saw her miss the World Cup.

Before that, the hosts scored three times after slick passing on the deck.

Kim Little's low effort, Vivianne Miedema's strike and Danielle van de Donk's calm finish put them in control.

England forward Beth Mead, on as a late substitute, almost added a fifth the closing stages but her long-range strike from Nobbs' pass struck the crossbar.

Katie McCabe then also struck the woodwork in stoppage time from another Nobbs lay-off, after the Lionesses playmaker had scored when Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh could not keep out her volley.

Netherlands striker Miedema, who was the WSL's top scorer last term, had doubled the Gunners' lead with her first goal of this year's league campaign, angling home from Nobbs' first-time ball.

The result saw Arsenal and Manchester City, who won at Everton on Sunday, both move clear as the early leaders with the WSL's only 100% records.

Midfielder Nobbs told BBC Sport: "I'm so glad to be back and we just need to keep putting in the performances and winning games.

"We've got the three points that we wanted and I think Joe (Montemurro, Arsenal boss) will be happy with the way we played today."

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 20Maier
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 5Beattie
  • 15McCabe
  • 8Nobbs
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forRoordat 71'minutes
  • 10Little
  • 17EvansSubstituted forMeadat 66'minutes
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forMitchellat 78'minutes
  • 7van de Donk

Substitutes

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 3Mitchell
  • 13Wälti
  • 14Roord
  • 23Mead

Brighton Women

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Walsh
  • 12Lundorf SkovsenBooked at 72mins
  • 5Whelan
  • 20Williams
  • 3Gibbons
  • 7WhelanSubstituted forNildénat 74'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 19SimpkinsSubstituted forLe Garrecat 45'minutes
  • 4Bowman
  • 17Connolly
  • 16Brazil
  • 15GreenSubstituted forLe Tissierat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Barton
  • 9Umotong
  • 11Nildén
  • 13Harris
  • 14Kerkdijk
  • 21Le Tissier
  • 27Le Garrec
Referee:
Elliot Swallow
Attendance:
1,607

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamBrighton Women
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home11
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home0
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 4, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 4, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Fern Whelan.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

  6. Booking

    Amanda Nildén (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Amanda Nildén (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Beth Mead.

  10. Post update

    Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

  11. Post update

    Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Kim Little tries a through ball, but Beth Mead is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Matilde Lundorf Skovsen.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Leonie Maier.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matilde Lundorf Skovsen (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Maya Le Tissier (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Emma Mitchell replaces Vivianne Miedema.

  20. Post update

    Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women33007169
2Man City Women33004049
3Chelsea Women32106157
4Everton Women32013126
5Tottenham Women32013126
6Man Utd Women31022203
7Reading Women210112-13
8West Ham Women310224-23
9Brighton Women302115-42
10Bristol City Women301206-61
11B'ham City Women200202-20
12Liverpool Women300304-40
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