Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Mead and Walti return for Arsenal Women against Leicester

Jonas Eidevall has made four changes from Arsenal’s Champions League defeat in Wolfsburg on Thursday. Lia Walti and Beth Mead return to the starting line-up after being unavailable for Thursday.

Laura Wienroither comes in for Noelle Maritz at right-back, with Maritz dropping to the bench. Caitlin Foord starts on the left with Tobin Heath on the bench, Beth Mead is in for Steph Catley with Katie McCabe starting at left-back.

Miedema will play behind Blackstenius again with Little and Walti behind her. Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy continue their partnership in defence with Rafaelle injured.

1.Zinsberger; 26.Wienroither, 6.Williamson, 3.Wubben-Moy, 15.McCabe; 13.Walti, 10.Little(c), 11.Miedema; 9.Mead, 19.Foord; 25.Blackstenius. Subs: 5.Beattie, 7.Catley, 8.Nobbs, 12.Maanum, 14.Parris, 16.Maritz, 18.Williams, 20.Boye, 77.Heath.

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Peter Story Teller

Can we go one better than Chelsea last week please?


Leicester obviously were better organised this week, restricting Arsenal to one first half goal, but it became obvious that they’d run out of puff at some point, and so it proved.

In defeat against Wolfsburg, I thought that the players who emerged with credit were Williamson, Little and Wubben-Moy, if only because they seemed to love the ball. Today, Williamson and Little looked tired, which was affecting their passing. Leah in particular kept attempting “eye of needle” passes which didn’t come off. But it’s no accident that our bad spell this season coincided with Williamson’s absence.

Peter Story Teller

Not sure Leah was “all there” midway through the second half when she almost got knocked out by the ball hitting her in the side of the head! How the blatant push in the back that caused it was not a foul and therefore a penalty I don’t know!

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