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Arsenal Women 1-0 Everton Women: Vivianne Miedema scores as Gunners keep pace at top

By Harry PooleBBC Sport

Vivianne Miedema's goal ensured Arsenal kept pace in the Women's Super League title race as the Gunners returned to winning ways at home to Everton.

Miedema produced a superb finish after 24 minutes, creating space for herself in the penalty area before firing spectacularly past Emily Ramsey.

The Dutch striker was left with her hands on her head after she was denied by last-ditch Everton defending following a second-half corner at Meadow Park.

But the single goal proved enough for Jonas Eidevall's side to respond positively to seeing their 14-match winning run ended by Manchester United a fortnight ago.

Arsenal were able to welcome back England captain Leah Williamson following a two-month absence because of a foot injury, with the 25-year-old coming on as a second-half-substitute.

But Everton goalkeeper Emily Ramsey, who denied Caitlin Foord late on among her 12 saves, prevented the Gunners being assured of victory up until the final whistle.

A 14th successive win over Everton moved Arsenal level with Manchester United, who earlier thrashed Aston Villa 5-0, and Chelsea after eight games - before the Blues' match against Leicester City concludes.

Miedema stars as Arsenal bounce back

Arsenal have not lost consecutive league games since February 2021, while they last lost back-to-back home games in the competition in September 2016.

Following the excellent Miedema's classy opener midway through the first half they rarely appeared in danger of suffering such a fate - although they could not put the game completely out of reach of a determined Everton.

A dramatic 3-2 loss to Manchester United in their last league outing ended an 18-game unbeaten run for the Gunners - and suggested a four-team title race is a very real possibility this season.

Manager Eidevall will be satisfied with this response after Miedema delivered the moment of quality required to clinch the points in Borehamwood.

Having ended a seven-game wait for a goal last week with an equaliser against Juventus that keeps Arsenal in control of their Champions League group, the 26-year-old collected Caitlin Foord's pass and wrongfooted two defenders as she cut back on to her right foot before slamming the ball into the top corner.

Miedema looked full of confidence after that spectacular finish, frequently dropping back to help her team and playing a key role in her side's most threatening attacks.

She attempted seven shots - a tally matched only by team-mate Frida Maanum - but was left in disbelief as she was twice prevented from stabbing in at close-range as the Everton defence put their bodies on the line.

Everton, for whom Jessica Park proved an exciting influence, struggled to manoeuvre themselves into promising positions but Nicoline Sorensen and Karen Holmgaard went close to snatching a late equaliser amid a flurry of late attempts.

Lotte Wubben-Moy and Foord went close as they hosts pushed to seal the points, but victory accompanied by a 200th club appearance for the returning Williamson represented a pleasing afternoon for Arsenal.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 26WienroitherSubstituted forMaritzat 69'minutes
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 5BeattieSubstituted forWilliamsonat 69'minutes
  • 7Catley
  • 12Maanum
  • 13Wälti
  • 11Miedema
  • 15McCabe
  • 25BlacksteniusSubstituted forNobbsat 77'minutes
  • 19Foord

Substitutes

  • 2Carvalho Souza
  • 6Williamson
  • 8Nobbs
  • 16Maritz
  • 18Marckese
  • 23Iwabuchi
  • 59Agyemang

Everton Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Ramsey
  • 17Graham
  • 4Sevecke
  • 6GeorgeBooked at 80mins
  • 27StenevikSubstituted forMaierat 84'minutes
  • 28Holmgaard
  • 10BennisonSubstituted forGalliat 75'minutes
  • 5BjörnBooked at 71minsSubstituted forWeirat 87'minutes
  • 11Park
  • 25Snoeijs
  • 15Beever-JonesSubstituted forSørensenat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Sørensen
  • 18Brosnan
  • 21Maier
  • 22Galli
  • 24Weir
  • 55Wilding
Referee:
Sunny Sukhvir Gill
Attendance:
3,935

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamEverton Women
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home33
Away11
Shots on Target
Home14
Away5
Corners
Home15
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 1, Everton Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 1, Everton Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rikke Sevecke (Everton Women).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Lotte Wubben-Moy tries a through ball, but Vivianne Miedema is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenzie Weir (Everton Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicoline Sørensen with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women).

  8. Post update

    Leonie Maier (Everton Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leonie Maier (Everton Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

  11. Post update

    Leonie Maier (Everton Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gabrielle George (Everton Women).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Stephanie-Elise Catley.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Karen Holmgaard (Everton Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicoline Sørensen (Everton Women) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucy Graham (Everton Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicoline Sørensen with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frida Maanum.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Emily Ramsey.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women98012862224
2Man Utd Women87012351821
3Arsenal Women87012141721
4Man City Women7502178915
5West Ham Women84041316-312
6Aston Villa Women84041215-312
7Tottenham Women6303111109
8Everton Women8305710-39
9Brighton Women72141026-167
10Liverpool Women8125916-75
11Reading Women8116920-114
12Leicester City Women9009225-230
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