Arsenal Women Weekly Round Up: Tis The (Awards) Season

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GUNNERS THROUGH TO CONTI CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Arsenal’s defence of the Continental Tyres Cup will carry on into 2019 as they guaranteed qualification from their group with a 5-0 win over Charlton Athletic on Wednesday evening. Two each for Katie McCabe and Vivianne Miedema, sandwiched by an own goal gave the Gunners their second 5-0 win over Charlton in 2018, having beaten them by the same scoreline in last season’s FA Cup.

Montemurro’s side finish the group away at Millwall Lionesses on Wednesday evening at Dartford’s Princes Park. A point guarantees they will finish top of their group and therefore, will play a team that came second in their group in the quarter-finals. The Millwall match sees Arsenal pitted against ex-U-21 coach Chris Phillips, who manages the Lionesses and former Gunners boss Pedro Losa, who is their Director of Football.

HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal 5 Charlton 0 (Dec 2018 Continental Cup)

HIGHLIGHTS | Watch highlights from Charlton's defeat to Arsenal in the Continental Cup #cafc

Posted by Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club on Thursday, 6 December 2018

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
With so many injuries to a small first team squad and a game against lower division opposition, Montemurro gave some debuts to youth players on Wednesday. Melissa Filis and Hannah Dawbarn made their first senior appearances against Charlton, while Ava Kuyken and Amelia Hazard started a match for the first time. Arsenal will likely give the youngsters a chance again at Millwall on Wednesday.

MANCHESTER CITY GO LEVEL ON POINTS WITH ARSENAL
Arsenal were the only WSL side not to play this weekend (the league has 11 teams) and 2nd place Manchester City squeezed out a narrow 1-0 win at home to Birmingham to go level on points with the Gunners at the top of the table. Joe Montemurro’s side have a game in hand, but don’t play another league game until they travel to West Ham on Sunday, 6th January.

2019 WORLD CUP DRAW
The draw for next summer’s World Cup in France was made on Saturday evening and Arsenal’s Leah Williamson and Beth Mead will be coming face to face with their teammates Emma Mitchell, Kim Little and Lisa Evans, as England and Scotland were drawn in the same group, alongside Argentina and Japan.

Pauline Peyraud-Magnin’s France, who host, were drawn alongside Korea Republic, Norway and Nigeria. Jess Samuelsson’s Sweden will play USA, Thailand and Chile, while Dutch quartet Sari van Veenendaal, Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema and Doninique Bloodworth’s Netherlands side face Canada, Cameroon and New Zealand.

JORDAN NOBBS UNDERGOES SURGERY AND WILL MISS WORLD CUP
One Arsenal player who definitely will not play at the World Cup is Jordan Nobbs. The Gunners midfielder Jordan Nobbs underwent successful surgery on her knee after rupturing her cruciate ligament last month. Nobbs will certainly miss the tournament the FA confirmed last week, but will begin her rehabilitation with the aim of returning at the beginning of next season. All the best to Jordan in her recovery.

DVD PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Dutch midfielder Danielle van de Donk has been voted FAWSL’s Player of the Month for November. DvD scored in all of the Gunners’ games in November, cementing her rise to prominence under Joe Montemurro. With Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs injured, van de Donk is more crucial than ever and tis recognition is very well deserved.

To cap off a great November, Danielle was the subject of our November feature interview on Arseblog News, where she discusses the weekly routine of an Arsenal Women’s player in terms of training, diet, strength and conditioning and video analysis. You can read that interview here.

BETH MEAD WINS FSF WOMEN’S FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
Arsenal’s Beth Mead was voted as the Women’s Footballer of the Year at the FSF Awards last week. The Gunners forward has enjoyed a vintage year, forging a strong partnership with Vivianne Miedema in the forward line. Meado was a prominent part of the side that won the Conti Cup back in March and has been a first team regular as Montemurro’s team has shot to the top of the league this season.

Mead collected her award from She Kicks magazine editor Jen O’Neil at a ceremony in Tower Bridge last Monday evening. There were some other awards dished out that night to various media outlets, but none of the other winners were anyone important, frankly. Though one of the award recipients was wearing an exceptionally garish suit…

VAN DE DONK AND MIEDEMA NOMINATED FOR PFA NOVEMBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Dutch duo Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema have both been nominated for the WSL November Player of the Month award by the PFA. DvD and Miedema scored three goals a piece for the Gunners in November in victories over Birmingham, Everton and Brighton. You can vote for either of them below:

WOMEN’S TOP 100
The Offside Rule podcast has collaborated with the Guardian newspaper to produce the list of the 100 top female footballers in the world. As you would expect, there are a smattering of Gunners players in the mix. Lia Wälti, Danielle van de Donk, Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema all feature in the running. The Offside Rule have produced a pen pic of each player in the list, I have listed the Arsenal profiles below, all of which feature quotes from Gunners boss Joe Montemurro.

Lia Wälti
Danielle van de Donk
Jordan Nobbs
Kim Little
Vivianne Miedema

COMING UP
We’ll have a full match preview for the midweek match against Millwall Lionesses on the site tomorrow, as well as exclusive post-match reaction from Gunners boss Joe Montemurro on the site on Wednesday evening. December’s feature interview will be with former Arsenal boss Pedro Martinez Losa. Now Director of Football at Millwall, I’ll be chatting with Pedro about his 3 years at Arsenal and his current job at the cash strapped Lionesses. That will go on the site in the next week or so.

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Nikhil Agarwal
Nikhil Agarwal

Great job, Tim!

Grumbleduke
Grumbleduke

Congrats! Keep up the good work.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

Wow, comprehensive! Thanks, Tim.

Couldn’t help noticing that in yor twitter timeline, you linked to the profile of a non-Arsenal player featuring in the top 100 – Sara Daebritz. Is there a reason for this? Is she perchance on her way to north London?

Never Happen
Never Happen

Thanks Tim. The women are doing great
this season and deserve all the plaudits.