LIA WALTI LIKELY TO MISS REST OF THE SEASON
Arsenal midfielder Lia Wälti does not expect to play again this season after suffering from a setback in her recovery from a knee injury. The Swiss tweaked knee ligaments playing in a behind closed doors friendly for her country against Canada back in January. Wälti’s comeback was delayed by a setback and she is unlikely to take part in the final three games.
She pulled out of the Swiss squad and has taken some warm weather leave. I asked Joe Montemurro about hers and Emma Mitchell’s prospects of recovery following the recent win against Birmingham, “It’s hard to say but at least now we’re in a position where we’ve got more players available and we’ll take all the time we need with them to make sure they’re in perfect condition because we don’t want either of them to break down again so we’ll do what’s right for them,” he responded.
We will play CHAMPIONS LEAGUE next season!🏆😍
Very well done girls!💪🏽😊
Another big motivation for me to come back asap! 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/IpOzcV1wLI
— Lia Wälti (@liawaelti) March 31, 2019
It now seems very unlikely that she will play again this season. It’s a shame, because Lia has been a revelation in the Gunners engine room this season and would have rivalled Vivianne Miedema for the Player of the Season award were it not for her injury. Switzerland did not qualify for this summer’s World Cup so she will have a full pre-season.
ARSENAL FACE ANXIOUS WAIT ON PEYRAUD-MAGNIN
Meanwhile, France goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin was stretchered off during her France debut on Thursday evening, as she felt a jolt of pain in her knee while clearing the ball. Thankfully, the injury does not look to be serious and shouldn’t threaten her participation in this summer’s World Cup on home soil.
— Zach (@zac13_) April 4, 2019
Arsenal released a statement on her injury, insisting, “Early signs are positive, but Pauline will undergo further investigation back at the club.” The Gunners are well equipped to deal with her absence, with Dutch first choice Sari van Veenendaal waiting in the wings.
Vivianne Miedema moved within 3 goals of the Netherlands all time goalscoring record as she was on the score sheet in her country’s 2-0 win over Mexico on Friday. Viv and Sari van Veenendaal played the full 90 minutes, Danielle van de Donk and Dominique Bloodworth played for just over an hour.
5 – Five of the last six goals by the Netherlands Women were scored by Vivianne Miedema, who now scored 25 goals in her last 30 international games. Lethal. pic.twitter.com/JBp53xXmwu
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) April 5, 2019
Beth Mead was a second half substitute and Leah Williamson was unused as the Lionesses crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Canada in Manchester on Friday. Kim Little and Lisa Evans played the full 90 minutes of Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Chile in Spain on Friday. England play Spain in Swindon on Tuesday and Netherlands take on Chile.
Scotland play Brazil on Monday night, while France play against Denmark, for whom Katrine Veje and Janni Arnth should feature. Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn’s Ireland also play a friendly against Italy. Viki Schnaderbeck could make her long awaited international return as Austria play Sweden on Tuesday evening too. The Gunners then have the weekend off as the FA Cup semi-finals take place on Sunday.
BRIGHTON CLASH MOVED TO THE AMEX STADIUM
Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season away at Brighton has been moved to Brighton’s AMEX Stadium on Sunday, 28th April. The match will be screened live on BT Sport 1 and will kickoff at 12.15pm. If the Gunners defeat Everton at home next weekend, then Montemurro’s side could seal the league title with a victory at Brighton.
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) April 4, 2019
Tickets are currently on sale at £3 adults and £1 concessions. Ordinarily, Brighton Women play at Crawley Town’s Checkatrade Stadium, but buoyed by recent big crowds on the continent and with the prospect of the league title being sewn up, Brighton have decided to play the match in the men’s stadium.
ARSENAL TWINNING PROJECT
Arsenal have struck up a partnership with Downview Women’s prison in an initiative spearheaded by former Vice-Chairman David Dein. The initiative’s purpose is to help reduce reoffending rates by making inmates more employable, using football as a vehicle. Last week, former captain Alex Scott and current Development Officer Tom Hartley visited the prison last week.
Tower Hamlets born Scott told the Telegraph, “A lot of people in the area I’m from, they just need opportunities and that’s the frustration. So for me I’m coming here saying, ‘This doesn’t have to be your end place, you don’t want to end up back in here, use these skills and go make something of your life.” You can read the full article below.
Great article in the Telegraph today about HMP Downview and Arsenal Women’s FC twinning project https://t.co/t6fhWnfJ7N
— Natasha Wilson (@NatashaWilson1) April 4, 2019
ARSENAL WOMEN’S ACCOUNTS FOR 2017-18
For those curious about the financials of Arsenal Women, the below may be of some interest. Some of the costs are, I imagine, lumped in with the men’s accounts. But they confirm that Arsenal, as the parent company, funded the women’s team to the tune of just over £2m last season. The injection is not a loan with no payback sought.
Here's Chelsea's and Arsenal's financial results from the same period. pic.twitter.com/bTTPVmePpi
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) April 4, 2019
‘THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR WOMEN’S FOOTBALL’ SAYS BETH MEAD
With a World Cup on the horizon and a record sponsorship deal struck between Barclays and the WSL, Gunners striker Beth Mead says this is a hugely exciting time for women’s football. Speaking to Samantha Miller and Hayters TV, Mead also spoke about her renewed confidence since winning the SheBelieves Cup with England last month.
“I’m really enjoying my time with Arsenal and being away with the England squad I got quite a bit of confidence from the SheBelieves Cup because I had quite a good tournament there. I’m happy with the way I’m playing and I’m really enjoying getting so many assists at the moment, which is a weird thing for me to say. I’m still learning to play on the wing.” The full interview can be viewed below.
We’ll have the next Weekly Round-Up for you next Monday, after which we will have the usual coverage of the Everton game, with a full match preview and exclusive player reaction post match. The April Arsenal Women’s Arsecast will be out on Monday, 29th April, it will be an audio documentary featuring two very, very special guests. So keep your eyes peeled for that.