Arsenal Women face Tottenham at Meadow Park on Wednesday evening in, confusingly, the quarter-final of last season’s FA Cup. The Women’s FA Cup has a lagged timeline this season because the suspension of “non-elite” football during the winter meant halting the competition at a stage when most of the teams involved were amateur.
As a result, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the 2020-21 FA Cup will be held during the winter. The Gunners have drawn Spurs at home, having also drawn them at home in both of last season’s domestic competitions too. Tottenham Women have yet to record a victory over Arsenal in their history but Rehanne Skinner’s side have started the season with three straight wins in the WSL.
So, who's in the mood for another north London derby, then? 🙌
We take on Tottenham in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening – and we need all of you behind us! 🤝
🎟 Get your tickets for the big game at Meadow Park 👇
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) September 27, 2021
Jonas Eidevall’s side are riding a high following Sunday’s comprehensive 5-0 victory over Manchester City in the WSL on Sunday. This is a heavy period of games for Arsenal, who will play Aston Villa away on Saturday before travelling to Barcelona next week to play in the Champions League. That will mean that the Swede will have to use the full extent of his squad, which is almost showing a clean bill of health.
Spurs will present a very different challenge compared to Manchester City, City dominated possession at Meadow Park but Arsenal allowed them sterile domination before hitting them in transitions. Spurs won’t dominate the ball on this occasion, they will be compact and Arsenal will need to be patient to break down a Tottenham defence that has only been breached once so far this season.
Simone Boye Sorensen and Malin Gut are the only players unavailable for Arsenal due to knee injuries. Viki Schnaderbeck and Jordan Nobbs were unused subs against City after returning from knee and ankle injuries respectively and they will be angling for some minutes in this one. Otherwise, the likes of Nikita Parris, Tobin Heath, Mana Iwabuchi, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Anna Patten, Caitlin Foord and Lydia Williams, who were all on the bench on Sunday, will be angling for starts.
Clubs are allowed to register summer signings for this game so long as they didn’t play in this edition of the FA Cup for another one of the quarter-finalists, none of Arsenal’s summer signings are in that situation and all are available to be registered.
GOALKEEPERS: 1.Zinsberger, 18.Williams, 28.Cull
DEFENDERS: 3.Wubben-Moy, 4.Patten, 5.Beattie, 6.Williamson, 7.Catley, 16.Maritz, 22.Schnaderbeck, 29.Goldie
MIDFIELDERS: 8.Nobbs, 10.Little, 12.Maanum, 13.Wälti, 23.Iwabuchi
FORWARDS: 9.Mead, 11.Miedema, 14.Parris, 15.McCabe, 19.Foord, 77.Heath
LAST TIME OUT
The teams met at Meadow Park at this stage of the FA Cup last season and were 4-0 winners after a sensational lob from Jordan Nobbs and a late Lisa Evans hat-trick. In the league encounter between the teams last season, the Gunners were 6-1 winners with a hat-trick from Vivianne Miedema and goals from Katie McCabe and a brace from Caitlin Foord.
Tottenham finished 8th in last season’s WSL and only managed a paltry 18 goals in 22 league games. Current coach Rehanne Skinner took the side over half way through last season and she has them very well organised but creating consistent threat was a big issue for them. This summer, however, they have recruited well in the forward positions with former Arsenal winger Chiomu Ubogagu and Australian forward Kyah Simon.
Spurs have moved to a back three this season with Zadorsky, Bartrip and Ale at centre-half and it’s given them a solid platform. Now they also carry a bit more threat on the counter-attack as they showed in their historic 2-1 win away at Manchester City a fortnight ago. Like a lot of teams in the middle rung of the WSL like Brighton, Aston Villa and West Ham, Spurs have looked to improve this summer.
They were well beaten 4-0 by Arsenal during pre-season and the closest they have ever come to beating their North London neighbours was a penalty shootout defeat in last season’s Conti Cup group stage. However, Tottenham are building slowly and will not be easy opponents- they have won all three of their WSL games so far this season.
🎥 𝗛𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗟𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦: 𝗦𝗽𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝟭 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝟬
Watch the full highlights from yesterday's win! 👇 pic.twitter.com/TtDRy27js3
— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) September 27, 2021
PLAYER TO WATCH
Nikita Parris has been kept out of the team of late thanks to the scintillating form of Beth Mead and the likewise impressive form of Katie McCabe. Parris has been on the score sheet for the Gunners in their Champions League qualifiers earlier this summer but she will be keen to really get her Arsenal career going against Tottenham.
Jonas Eidevall has already indicated that he will rotate his wide forwards plenty given the high-intensity pressing game he wants to execute and this game will represent an excellent chance for Parris to make her case to the coach and create an even bigger headache for him in the wide positions, not least because Tobin Heath probably won’t be considered quite fit enough to start this game.
Subs: 1.Zinsberger, 5.Beattie, 8.Nobbs, 9.Mead, 10.Little, 15.McCabe, 16.Maritz, 22.Schnaderbeck, 77.Heath.
HOW TO CATCH THE GAME
The game takes place at Meadow Park on Wednesday with a 7.15pm kickoff, tickets are available on the gate or online at £8 adults and £4 concessions. The match will be screened live on BBC Four, otherwise it will be available to watch on the FA Player app for those outside of the UK.
We will have match reaction from Jonas Eidevall on the site on Wednesday evening, as ever and we will also have all the usual build-up and reaction to Saturday’s game at Aston Villa.