ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER HAT TRICK FOR VIVIANNE MIEDEMA
Vivianne Miedema’s 4th hat trick of the season kept Arsenal’s title assault on course on Thursday, with the Gunners beating Bristol City 4-0 at Meadow Park. City’s Keats Parris had actually moved ahead of Miedema in the goalscoring charts on Wednesday evening with a hat trick of her own, as City narrowly beat Reading 4-3.
Another week, another @VivianneMiedema hat-trick ?
1️⃣1️⃣ assists pic.twitter.com/009y9ffFZ6
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) March 15, 2019
City had played 3 games more than Arsenal at that point, but the Dutch striker’s treble moves her up to 19 goals for the WSL season, with Parris on 18. The Gunners next game is on Sunday away at Liverpool. The match will be played at Tranmere’s Prenton Park and kicks off at 1230pm. It will be screened live on BT Sport 1. Arsenal need 2 wins from their last 5 to guarantee Champions League qualification and 4 wins will seal the league title.
VIV NOT BOTHERED ABOUT GOLDEN BOOT
Despite moving back to the top of the goal scoring charts, Miedema says that winning the Golden Boot is not important to her. The 22-year old insists Arsenal winning the league title is her only priority. She told the FA website, “To be honest I am not really that bothered about being the top goalscorer – I just want to win the league with Arsenal and we know that we need to win every single game from now on to do that. That is my main focus and if I get top goalscorer then that is fine but it is not my biggest aim right now.”
Miedema also gave an interesting interview to the Guardian’s Suzy Wrack recently, in which she talked up the benefit of young girls playing football with boys, as she did when she was growing up, “I used to play at one of the highest levels of boys’ football too. I played against good boys, some of which are playing top-level football in Europe now, and that has really helped me. There’s a big difference between playing with boys and with girls and I would always advise girls to play with boys.”
GET CARTER BACK
Even Miedema’s feats were put into shade by the return of Danielle Carter from the bench against Bristol. It was the forward’s first appearance since rupturing her cruciate ligament at Bristol in May last year. Carter nearly sealed the fairy tale, cracking the cross bar with a left footed strike. Manager Joe Montemurro was moved to comment, “Thank God Dan didn’t score, we wouldn’t have heard the end of it!”
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) March 14, 2019
Carter spoke emotionally about her return and the reception she received from the home crowd, “It was an emotional moment and I’m getting emotional now! Words really can’t describe it. It feels incredible and the reception I got was just something else. Ah, I can’t explain it!”
‘DAN IS AN EXPLOSIVE AND SPECIAL PLAYER’
Carter’s manager Joe Montemurro was delighted to see Carter return, not least to boost a squad that has been seriously short of numbers for some months now. “This week’s training has been amazing because we’ve had a large amount of players competing and working with each other, so that’s allowed us to do some different things. It’s been very difficult with limited players on the pitch.”
From tearing her ACL at the end of last season against @bristolcitywfc to making a comeback a year later, her perseverance has been nothing short of exemplary.
A real inspiration. ?
.@DanielleCarter // #DC9 pic.twitter.com/nyTF5TJz30
— Kunjan Malde (@kunjanmalde) March 15, 2019
MEADOW PARK RENOVATION
As you will have seen from our story on Arseblog News yesterday, Arsenal are contributing £100,000 to improving the facilities at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park ground, where the women and youth teams play. The renovation will include an improved North Stand which will finally have a roof.
BREAKING NEWS ?
Wood finally make a stand and make their thank you's ?
— Boreham Wood FC (@BOREHAM_WOODFC) March 17, 2019
There will also be a refurbished home dressing room, with improved kit room, physio room and showers. The Gunners have a deal to play their women’s games at Meadow Park until 2027 and have already helped to pay for a new pitch and a new set of dugouts at the National League ground. Work will begin on the renovations right away.
EMMA BYRNE HALL OF FAMER
Legendary Arsenal goalkeeper Emma Byrne was officially inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Dublin on Sunday evening. The former Gunners keeper won 134 caps for the Republic of Ireland, whilst also hoovering up 11 league titles, 10 FA Cups and a Champions League title during her stint at Arsenal.
Byrne is the first woman to receive the honour and was inducted alongside Richard Dunne. On her twitter account, Byrne said, “Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. I’m extremely honoured to receive this award. It’s a very special day! That’s for you ex-teammates! Thank you!” RTE also made a short tribute video for Byrne, which you can view below.
? ‘Emma Byrne: A Life In Football’… thanks to the Byrne family, Olivia O’Toole & Áine O’Gorman for sharing their memories & scrapbooks in honour of the first woman to be inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame. Comhghairdeas, @emmsb30 ?? #FAIAwards ☘️⚽️? pic.twitter.com/kKLzK5ttCH
— Elaine Buckley (@ElaineBucko) March 17, 2019
NOBBS TO BECOME TELEGRAPH COLUMNIST
As part of the Telegraph’s revamped commitment to covering women’s sport, Gunners midfielder Jordan Nobbs will join the outlet as a regular columnist. Nobbs took part in a Q & A alongside other luminaries from women’s sport who will help increase the Telegraph’s coverage of women’s sport, which you can read here.
We will have a full match preview of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool on the site on Friday afternoon, with exclusive player reaction after the final whistle online on Sunday afternoon- the trip to Birmingham will get the same treatment too. Between those matches, we will be releasing the March edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast too, so keep ‘em peeled!