There are three Gunners left in Tokyo competing in the Olympic Games following the eliminations of Great Britain, Japan and Netherlands. A round-up of how they got on in the semi-finals.
Australia 0 – 1 Sweden (Yokohama)
Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord played in Australia’s 1-0 defeat to Sweden in Yokohama; goalkeeper Lydia Williams was on the bench. The defeat means that Australia will play the USA in Kashima on Thursday (KO 9am UK time) for the bronze medal. The US were beaten in their semi-final by Canada, so Canada and Sweden will compete for the gold medal in Tokyo on Friday (KO 3am UK time).
Arsenal do not have any Swedish or Canadian players participating in that match, so Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Lydia Williams’ participation in the Games will end on Thursday. Vivianne Miedema revealed that she has been given three days off to spend time off with family in Netherlands before returning to training with Arsenal at the end of this week.
It surely follows that Leah Williamson, Nikita Parris, Kim Little, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Mana Iwabuchi will follow the same programme and return to London Colney later this week. Arsenal play another pre-season friendly away at Tottenham this coming Sunday afternoon before they play two Champions League qualifiers in Moscow on 18th August against Okzhetpes of Kazakhstan, before playing one of PSV Eindhoven or CSKA Moscow.
It is doubtful that the three Australian players will take part in Moscow but the other Olympians will do. The need for them was exacerbated by a bad looking ankle injury to Jordan Nobbs in Sunday’s friendly victory over Chelsea at Emirates Stadium, Jordan will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury. Jen Beattie, Viki Schnaderbeck and Fran Stenson were not considered fit enough to be part of the squad on Sunday, leaving Arsenal with only nine fit senior players without their Olympians.