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Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa: Visitors hold Gunners to seal Women's Super League survival

Aston Villa secured their place in the Women's Super League for a second season with a determined defensive display to earn a point at Arsenal.

Villa knew a draw would be enough to stay up regardless of what bottom side Bristol City did because of their superior goal difference.

The Robins' defeat at Brighton ensured Villa would have been safe anyway.

But they restricted Arsenal to few chances, with Vivianne Miedema denied by Lisa Weiss from the clearest.

The Gunners dominated possession throughout but struggled to break a resolute Villa defence down, with Kim Little also hitting an angled volley straight at Weiss before half-time.

Jill Roord tried to inject some energy into Arsenal after the break with a driving run but saw her low drive deflected past the post, while Charlotte Wubben-Moy's header dropped wide.

Miedema also saw another shot blocked, Leah Williamson fired over from 18 yards, and Roord saw a late close-range effort blocked behind by a desperate Villa defence.

Before the game both sides took part in a minute's applause in memory of former Doncaster Rovers Belles boss Julie Chipchase, who died on Tuesday at the age of 60 after a short illness.

Third-placed Arsenal had already secured Champions League football going into the final game because of their vastly superior goal difference to fourth-placed Manchester United, who began the final round of matches three points behind.

But ending the league season with a goalless draw was far from the perfect send-off for outgoing Gunners boss Joe Montemurro who is leaving the club to take a "professional break" after four years in charge.

During his time as boss, the 51-year-old Australian led Arsenal to their first WSL title in seven years in 2019.

Villa, promoted from the Championship last season, were beaten 4-0 by Arsenal when the sides first met in February but they have proved tough to beat during the run-in, with five successive draws to end the campaign helping to pull them to safety.

The Midlands side, who finish 10th in the table above city rivals Birmingham, offered little in attack, with Stine Larsen seeing a shot deflected wide late on as Villa hit Arsenal on the counter.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 18Williams
  • 20MaierSubstituted forCatleyat 45'minutes
  • 6Williamson
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 15McCabe
  • 13WältiSubstituted forGutat 73'minutes
  • 9MeadSubstituted forFoordat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Roord
  • 10Little
  • 8NobbsSubstituted forvan de Donkat 72'minutes
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 4Patten
  • 7van de Donk
  • 12Catley
  • 16Maritz
  • 19Foord
  • 21Gut
  • 29Goldie

Aston Villa Women

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 29Weiß
  • 5N'Dow
  • 6Asante
  • 15Haigh
  • 3Ale
  • 8Arthur
  • 16McLoughlinSubstituted forSymeat 81'minutes
  • 12HuttonSubstituted forIwabuchiat 89'minutes
  • 11WestSubstituted forHanssenat 62'minutes
  • 21EwersSubstituted forPetzelbergerat 81'minutes
  • 9Larsen

Substitutes

  • 1Rogers
  • 7Follis
  • 10Petzelberger
  • 14Syme
  • 18Gregory
  • 19Abreu de Sousa e Silva
  • 20Iwabuchi
  • 22Hayles
  • 23Hanssen
Referee:
Abigail Byrne

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamAston Villa Women
Possession
Home79%
Away21%
Shots
Home18
Away2
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 0, Aston Villa Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 0, Aston Villa Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Jill Roord tries a through ball, but Caitlin Foord is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women).

  5. Post update

    Lisa Weiß (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Ramona Petzelberger.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ramona Petzelberger (Aston Villa Women).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Mana Iwabuchi replaces Jodie Hutton because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Asmita Ale (Aston Villa Women).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa Women. Conceded by Stephanie Catley.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stine Larsen (Aston Villa Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emily Syme.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Malin Gut (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kim Little (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephanie Catley.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Emily Syme replaces Olivia McLoughlin.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Ramona Petzelberger replaces Marisa Ewers.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Jodie Hutton.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women22183169105957
2Man City Women22174165135255
3Arsenal Women22153463154848
4Man Utd Women22152544202447
5Everton Women229583930932
6Brighton Women2283112141-2027
7Reading Women225982541-1624
8Tottenham Women2255121841-2320
9West Ham Women2236132139-1815
10Aston Villa Women2236131547-3215
11B'ham City Women2236131544-2914
12Bristol City Women2226141872-5412
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