London — wsl league leaders armory His 14-match winning streak at home was broken manchester united After a couple of late strikes from the visitors. In flying form coming into the match, Arsenal failed to find their better football and went a goal down at the break thanks to Ella Toon Late first half effort.
Not on the back foot for long, the hosts equalize early in the second half Frida Manam first deflected drive laura weinrauer Gave them leadership. Staying alive throughout the match, Untied refused to be beaten and grabbed their own equalizer Millie Turner first late free-kick alessia russo Completed a breathless turnaround with his own header on a set piece in the last seconds of regular time.
1. United expose Arsenal’s weaknesses
Still playing with a reformed backline after injuries to starting centre-back pair, Leah Williamson And RaphaelThe Gunners had weathered most of the attacking storms well before this outing. however, once Leah Galton who had been digging into some of his better form this season, running a usually unchallenged defensive line, the entire Arsenal team began to shake.
In fact, the visitors enjoyed a better attacking spell during the first half as they stretched the game on the wider pitch at the Emirates, which Jonas Idewoll’s team usually prefer to play on and have yet to lose in the WSL, with all four won in The last league matches were played at N7.
Even when Arsenal found the equalizer early in the second half to swing the match in their favor and help them build momentum, the fragility of their defense was still evident when United questioned its solutions. with and manuela ginsberger With what was less than a faultless day in goal, United relied on themselves to push forward and indeed, find quality moments to see them through with all three points.
2. Arsenal’s stuttering style
Coming into the league tied on a 14-match winless run – a running WSL record – the Gunners look like a team on a mission, with razor-sharp focus on all the silverware ahead of them. With the 2021-22 season looming silverware – a rarity for one of the country’s most successful clubs – last year’s runners-up have been attacking all matches with combative ferocity, scoring their opposition hard and high. being put under pressure. , scoring for fun along the way.
Yet against Manchester United, there was a lack of flow between the players, dissipating like a puddle on a hot day, leaving only a stain of memory in its place. It was true that the starting 11 against United was not necessarily the 11 that Edevel would have chosen, but the best available to him based on form and fitness. Therefore, it could be argued that the week-to-week deficit in games was still low given the team was the one that started its last league game before the international break.
Arsenal, as a team though, understand the nuances and tweaks to individual games in the way their manager wants them to play, a clear and punitive style that the Swede preaches. However, without a player kim little On the pitch to be able to enter the midfield battle and weigh in the Gunners’ favor, the system begins to degrade and fails all over the pitch. Scott’s absence in such close games asks everyone on the pitch to find a better first touch, and get comfortable with moving the ball at pace without losing vital accuracy. Even as Manum’s goal acted as an accelerant to light the fire under the hosts and force a high tempo, it was accuracy and comfort with the ball that was still wanting from Arsenal .
3. United get 90 minutes exposure
In their last match before the international break, United fought hard but eventually lost against the defending champions, Chelsea, It was a match full of mistakes from both sides, but the difference on the night was Chelsea’s ability to go off their bench and find players to make a difference, encouraging those on the pitch when those mistakes happened, something the Red Devils didn’t do. could.
In London, United got off the block and instead of playing a balanced match as they had done against Chelsea, took on the hosts. It was a bold tactic but one that paid dividends as he exploited weaknesses in the Arsenal midfield and defence.
At 0–1 and 2–1, United’s complaint was simply that they didn’t make the most of their first-half chances. It looked like they were going to be left with nothing once they took some, but it was able to dig deep, hold itself firmly in the face of Arsenal’s onslaught and push forward with enough power The difference was for him today to move on.
again for Man United, it was Katie Zelem The critical dead-ball delivery that led him to victory with the second half goal coming from his cross into the box, but he would not have been as positive if his team-mates had not stepped up and done the work of the defense and goalkeeper. Against Chelsea, it looked like the gap was actually closing, but only subtly, and United were still a long way off being able to mix with the top two in England, but Emirates In , the Red Devils reached out and held their opposition. , dragging himself down to his level, closing the gap. Even if it’s only for one match, while Arsenal don’t have all their favorite starters to call upon, it’s a reminder that United are there, in touching distance and on a good day , They can compete with anyone.
Arsenal: Zinsberger 4, Wubben-Moy 4, Catley 5, Wienerauer 6, Nobbs 5, Mead 6, Mannam 7, Walty 5, McCabe 5, Ford 4, Blackstenius 5
sub: midima 6
man United: Earps 6, Battle 6, Blundell 5, Toon 7, Zelem 7, Galton 7, Ladd 6, Le Tissier 5, Turner 6, Paris 7, Rousseau 6
sub: Garcia 5, Thomas 5
best and worst performers
Best: Ella Toon, Manchester United
The Lionesses had an impressive first half, occupying dangerous areas for the visitors as well as giving them their first goal.
worst: Manuela Ginsburger, Arsenal
Instead of commanding his box and organizing his defense, Ginsburger looked off-balance and out of his depth, repeatedly fumbling instead of collecting the ball with authority.
Highlights and Notable Moments
Man United outplayed Arsenal in the first half and were rewarded with a goal by Ella Toon.
— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) November 19, 2022
The halftime team talk proved inspirational as Arsenal’s Frieda Manum scored in the 46th minute.
Everything she touches turns to gold ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/IYczrc3AJD
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) November 19, 2022
In a thrilling finish to the match, Russo scored the winner in extra time.
– Barclays Women’s Super League (@BarclaysWSL) November 19, 2022
What did the manager and players say after the match
Quotes to come…
– Man United secure only their second ever win against Arsenal in the WSL
– Arsenal conceded their first goal of the season from a set piece
– Arsenal’s 14-match unbeaten streak by January has come to an end