Gunners have one hand on the trophy ahead of trip to Brighton
Victory over Everton puts Arsenal on the brink of becoming league champions
25 April, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Kim Little in action for Arsenal during the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Everton at Meadow Park on Sunday. Photo: Joerdeli Photography
ARSENAL will be crowned Women’s Super League champions on Sunday if they beat Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex.
Joe Montemurro’s side got one hand on the sought-after trophy when they beat Everton 2-1 at a sweltering Meadow Park on Sunday. It’s a result that leaves them four points clear of Manchester City with just two matches to go.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s challenge, manager Montemurro played down any hype surrounding a potential party in Brighton.
“We’re really looking forward to it and we’re really going to prepare like it’s any other game,” he said. “It’s another important game for us so hopefully we’ll come to the party.
“To be in this position, where we’re controlling our own destiny, is great and it’s all credit to the work of the team.”
On Sunday, the Gunners took full advantage of their game in hand on City as they took the lead within the opening five minutes against Everton. Beth Mead’s corner eventually found its way to Louise Quinn, who headed home from close range through a crowd of bodies.
The home side doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark when Mead and Vivianne Miedema combined on the break, creating space for the latter to score her 30th goal of the season with a smart dink over the keeper.
Everton’s Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah pulled one back from an indirect free-kick in the second half but Arsenal held on to secure three points and close in on the title.
After contributing at both ends of the field – scoring the opening goal and then playing her part in ensuring the Gunners held on to their lead – defender Quinn praised Montemurro’s ground work before each game.
“Joe thinks about everything every week. As soon as he sees their formation he knows exactly what we have to do, even if that means just shifting one player along,” said the Republic of Ireland international.
“The information he’s given us is all there, so then it’s just a case of us executing it. He’s pretty much spot on every time.”