WALTI UNDERGOES KNEE SURGERY
As reported in last week’s round-up Lia Walti’s season is over after the Swiss international underwent surgery to reconstruct her lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Wälti was injured in a behind closed doors friendly for her country against Canada in January and was initially only supposed to be missing for 4-6 weeks.
However, her comeback was delayed by a series of setbacks as her knee failed to respond to treatment. Wälti underwent surgery last week in London and will be missing for a few months. She is unlikely to be available for the start of next season too.
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) April 11, 2019
HAO ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AT THE END OF THE NWSL SEASON
Former Gunners winger and USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly has announced this season will be her last as a professional footballer. O’Reilly left Arsenal for North Carolina Courage last summer after a two year stint in North London. O’Reilly, affectionately known as ‘HAO’, has won three Olympic gold medals and a World Cup with her country.
She was part of Arsenal’s Conti Cup winning side of last season too. The NWSL season got under way at the weekend. HAO will miss a chunk of the season with North Carolina to travel to France and be a pundit for Fox Sports at this summer’s World Cup, suggesting that media work could represent the next phase of her career. You can read our exclusive interview with Heather shortly before she left Arsenal here.
— Heather O'Reilly (@HeatherOReilly) April 13, 2019
MEADO WINS WSL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Arsenal forward Beth Mead has been voted as the WSL Player of the Month for March, after two goals and an assist in her 3 games. Mead was on the score sheet twice in the 5-1 win over Liverpool and teed up Vivianne Miedema in the 4-0 win at home to Bristol. Beth leads the WSL for assists this season with ten, having moved into a wide attacking role under Joe Montemurro.
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) April 11, 2019
Manager Joe Montemurro also scooped up the LMA Manager of the Month award for March. Mead, Leah Williamson and Dominique Bloodworth were all nominated for the PFA’s March Player of the Month award. The winner will be announced on Monday evening.
INTERNATIONAL ROUND UP
Last week was a very fruitful one for Gunners on international duty. Vivianne Miedema moved within two goals of her country’s all time goal scoring record as she was on the score sheet in Netherlands’ 7-0 thrashing of Chile. It was her 100th goal for Netherlands across all age groups. But the night really belonged to Danielle van de Donk, who scored four goals in the game. Miedema, van de Donk, Bloodworth and van Veenendaal have all been selected in Netherlands’ World Cup squad, though van Veenendaal is unlikely to be an Arsenal player next season.
Het gaat om de teamprestatie maar @DanielleDonk was toch wel de vrouw van de wedstrijd -> ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) April 10, 2019
Kim Little scored the winner for Scotland as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in Spain where Lisa Evans was a second half substitute. Katie McCabe opened the scoring for Ireland in their 2-1 defeat to Italy, Louise Quinn also played in that game. While Beth Mead scored her third goal in five England matches as the Lionesses beat Spain 2-1 in Swindon. Leah Williamson played 90 minutes of that match. Katrine Veje played 90 minutes of Denmark’s 4-0 defeat to France and Viki Schnaderbeck played the final minutes of Austria’s 1-0 defeat to Sweden, her first international appearance in almost a year.
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) April 10, 2019
EVERTON TICKETS ON SALE UNTIL THURSDAY
A reminder that there will be no tickets on sale at the turnstile for this Sunday’s home match against Everton. Arsenal can move within one win of the title by beating second bottom Toffees at Meadow Park. Due to improvement works taking place at the North End of the ground, the capacity is restricted to 2,200 and tickets will not be sold on the day. You can buy them online until Thursday at the link below.
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) April 12, 2019
Tickets remain on sale for the away match at Brighton the following week, where Arsenal could seal the WSL title. The match will take place at the AMEX Stadium and kicks off at 12.15pm on Sunday, 28th April. Tickets are available below, Arsenal Women members will be entitled to two extra free tickets.
Tickets now on sale for Arsenal Women’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX on 28th April- where Arsenal could seal the league title. £3 adults, £1 concessions. https://t.co/U0nOV5lMZ5
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) April 4, 2019
We will have a full match preview for Sunday’s home clash against Everton on the site on Friday afternoon, as well as exclusive player reaction online on Sunday evening. We will also have a preview and full match reaction for the Brighton game too. The April edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast will go out on Monday, 29th April with two very, very special guests, so keep them peeled