Thursday, July 18, 2024

Blackstenius starts upfront for Arsenal against Chelsea

Stina Blackstenius gets the nod upfront ahead of Alessia Russo for Arsenal’s crunch WSL game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight. Blackstenius scored a hat trick in the recent 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the Conti Cup so she keeps her place upfront with Russo on the bench.

Manu Zinsberger starts in goal with Katie McCabe at right-back, Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy at centre-half and Steph Catley at left-back. The trio of Lia Walti, Victoria Pelova and Kim Little start in midfield with Mead and Foord either side of Blackstenius.

Emily Fox, Cloe Lacasse and Sabrina D’Angelo are all on the bench following their return from the Gold Cup. The match kicks off ay 7pm and will be screened live on Sky Sports.

1.Zinsberger; 15.McCabe, 6.Williamson, 3.Wubben-Moy, 7.Catley; 21.Pelova, 13.Walti; 9.Mead, 10.Little(c), 19.Foord; 23.Russo

Subs: 2.Fox, 12.Maanum, 14.D’Angelo, 23.Russo, 24.Lacasse, 27.Codina, 32.Cooney-Cross, 62.Reid, 86.Bouhaddi.

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I so, so hope she makes this count. Come on Stina !!


Why is the kick-off delayed?


Wondering the same thing….
Probably McCabe and James in a fist fight in the tunnel…😉


That would be an epic fight. Probably should bet a large sum of money that Katie will get at least a yellow this match!


Equipment problem. Seems like the socks we’re too similar…


Really weak defending x 2. Catley for the first and Leah the second. A mountain to climb now!

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

2-0 down ahead. Of course it’s always going to be hard against that lot but if we were serious about the league we need to win.

Peter Story Teller

Pathetic sums up the first half. Muscled off every ball and they cannot blame the black socks for that! Sorry Manu but we need a better goalkeeper if we are going to defend like this.
Katie is the only one who has lived up to reputation with a yellow card already.


Really lousy performance. Lets hope for Earps and a new manager! Seems like it’s time to move on from Eidevall. Get’s it right sometimes but overall this season is a lot of poor performances. The losses against Spuuds, WU and Liverpool and plenty of lucky results against lesser sides.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yep. You can’t help but think with the team we have which is pound for pound the best in the league, a quality manager would do much better.

Gunner 1975

Absolutely!!! Nothing will change until we get a new manager. Clearly,Jonas is out of his depths. Pathetic!!!😡😠


Very physical match, Perriset is all over Foord and she’s getting nothing from the ref. But agreed we’re too lightweight in challenges, slow to react… we’re even managing to make Niamh Charles look good.

Salvador Berzunza

Emma is played with 442, we were outnumbered, Guro, Erin, Meli and kneryd formed a line, is a double block defensive, with two strikers LJ and Nusken.


Massive build up to this game and then you don’t turn up.
What in the plan went wrong for that to happen?

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