Monday, June 17, 2024

Arsenal Women’s WSL opener with Manchester City called off

Arsenal’s WSL opener away at Manchester City, scheduled for this Sunday at 7pm, has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

All WSL games have been called off, in line with the decisions reacted by the Premier League and the EFL this weekend. It’s a big blow for the WSL, as the league aims to capitalise on the explosion of interest off the back of England winning the Euros this summer. The rescheduled date will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have announced the departure of Gio Queiroz to Arsenal this morning, confirming our exclusive story earlier this week. Arseblog News understands that she will spend this season on loan at Everton but that Arsenal and Everton are unlikely to make an announcement today as they tone down club comms in light of the death of the Queen.

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The FA have cancelled all fixtures across all leagues.
Even my daughter’s kids matches have been postponed. With Prince Andrew no longer having his mum supervising him , this is probably a safety precaution..

Eric Blair

He’s off his leash now, look out kids!


So… I’ll be paying my respects by seeking out non-UK footie on TV or t’internet. If anyone’s interested, Washington Spirit v (Casey Stoney’s) San Diego Wave is an early (6pm UK time) kick off on NWSL’s Twitch stream Saturday… Commentary will be dreadful, so it’ll be just like the FA Player.

Peter Story Teller

Sometimes you have to accept football is only a game and there are more important things in this world.

James McLeish

“As usual, the Football Supporters’ Association will be collating advice about supporters’ entitlements regarding expenses incurred relating to postponed games this weekend.”

Good luck with that one…

James McLeish

More important things in this world?


You mean like cricket, golf, rugby union, rugby league, ice hockey, horse racing etc.

Eric Blair

It is curious that it seems it is only football, the working class sport, that has to be cancelled in deference and respect to our betters.


*betters should be in quotes: “betters”.

Zoe Waterfield

No, like the death of the longest SERVING monarch in our history. Everyone should be respectful whatever their views!

Jeremy DG

It makes me chuckle when someone says something basic as if they are speaking for all of the people. The importance of something is relative to the person who is experiencing the thing. Arsenal is more important to me than the monarchy, for example.

Peter Story Teller

I did not mention the monarchy and I certainly would not pretend to speak on behalf of everyone I simply stated that football is only a game! There are sometimes other things of concern, and I am thinking of events besides the change of the head of state but this is not the place to discuss politics or conflicts so I did not mention them. Indeed, it would have been a great time to play City while they are still reeling from the loss of half of their first team but never mind I don’t think they will be such… Read more »

Noddy 81

There’s thousands of old women that die every day. Unfortunately there’ll be hundreds of thousands more elderly dying this winter due to the energy crisis (I’d happily postpone games to protest that). The current national flap about one (very nice) dead old woman is a farce.

Zoe Waterfield

I don’t give a dam about the monarchy but respect should be shown

Gunner H

That is absolutely true, Peter, but I personally think that the sporting cancellations were un-necessary. The Queen was a sports fan and a minute’s silence at all games would have been appropriate – which would have been observed at every single game such is the love and respect for our late majesty.


I was not really hip on starting out against MC anyway.
Now it looks as if we will begin the season with Brighton in Borehamwood

Noddy 81

Bring on Friday night! I’ve got the ticket, booked the night off work….if it’s cancelled for a poxy funeral I’m going to be livid though


From a football perspective I think this will make the City v Arsenal game more of a spectacle when it is rescheduled. League games shortly after international breaks are typically low quality football-wise

Fun Gunner

And another silver lining is a bit more rest time if any of our players have niggling injuries, or need to build up their fitness…


Yup, i was concerned about the lack of prep time.


That helps City more as Chloe Kelly is injured and it’ll give them more time for the new players to gel.


I thought Foord and Catley also had injury issues during this past international break?

Fun Gunner

This is not good. It inconveniences and disappoints loads of people to cancel all games, especially at such short notice. For some fans, the game at the weekend is what makes their week bearable. Some will even lose money. Of course many people are grieving, but many are not and in any case life must go on. The Queen was of the generation that just got on with things, she was very sporty herself and (I’m told) a bit of an Arsenal fan, so I suspect she’d have rolled her eyes at the FA’s decision. Clubs could have put together… Read more »

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