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Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Arsenal: Vivianne Miedema among scorers for Gunners

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport

Arsenal swept aside north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to record a fourth successive Women's Super League win.

Caitlin Foord's composed finish and Vivianne Miedema's brilliant volley put the Gunners in command before the break at an empty Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Katie McCabe capped a dominant display in which Arsenal mustered 26 efforts on goal when she pounced on a second-half defensive error to slot home.

The Gunners remain fourth, three points adrift of Manchester United in third.

But victory over Spurs means Arsenal's hopes of sealing the third Champions League place is still in their own hands as they have a game in hand over United - and, just as crucially, a far superior goal difference.

Finishing in the top three had looked a long shot for Joe Montemurro's side at the beginning of February, but a run of three losses in four for United and Arsenal's own resurgence has put them back in the mix.

They looked back to near their best against their fiercest rivals, with Miedema producing a typically swaggering, influential display which culminated in her superbly guiding McCabe's corner into the roof of the net.

Foord had already put the away side in front by then, calmly finding the bottom corner after a clever one-two with Noelle Maritz.

England midfielder Jordan Nobbs was also twice denied by goalkeeper Becky Spencer from the edge of the area before the interval, while Danielle van de Donk tamely shot straight at Spencer from 10 yards out.

But, 16 months on from these two teams meeting in the WSL for the first time in front of a league record 38,262 fans at the same ground, McCabe eventually added further gloss to the scoreline with another cool finish.

Tottenham, who came closest to a consolation goal when Manuela Zinsberger kept out Angela Addison's close-range attempt, remain eighth in the table.

Line-ups

Tottenham Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Spencer
  • 35Morgan
  • 20McManusBooked at 22mins
  • 3Zadorsky
  • 15Worm
  • 7DavisonSubstituted forAddisonat 64'minutes
  • 18Kennedy
  • 4GreenSubstituted forChoat 71'minutes
  • 23AyaneSubstituted forWilliamsat 64'minutes
  • 9Dean
  • 16GrahamSubstituted forQuinnat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mikalsen
  • 5Harrop
  • 8Peplow
  • 10Williams
  • 11Cho
  • 14Addison
  • 17Naz
  • 19Quinn
  • 26Godfrey

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 16MaritzSubstituted forPattenat 75'minutes
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 13Wälti
  • 15McCabeSubstituted forMaierat 70'minutes
  • 7van de Donk
  • 10Little
  • 14Roord
  • 19FoordBooked at 30minsSubstituted forGutat 71'minutes
  • 11Miedema
  • 8Nobbs

Substitutes

  • 4Patten
  • 6Williamson
  • 18Williams
  • 20Maier
  • 21Gut
  • 29Goldie
Referee:
Helen Conley

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenham WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home10
Away26
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0, Arsenal Women 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0, Arsenal Women 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Siri Worm (Tottenham Hotspur Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women).

  5. Post update

    Angela Addison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

  7. Post update

    Cho So-Hyun (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anna Patten.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Lucy Quinn replaces Kit Graham.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rachel Williams (Tottenham Hotspur Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rianna Dean with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Malin Gut tries a through ball, but Jordan Nobbs is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kit Graham (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rachel Williams.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Rachel Williams tries a through ball, but Angela Addison is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Angela Addison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rachel Williams (Tottenham Hotspur Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kit Graham.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kit Graham (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rachel Williams.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Anna Patten replaces Noëlle Maritz.

  20. Post update

    Charlotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women18143155114445
2Chelsea Women1714215284444
3Man Utd Women18122437181938
4Arsenal Women17112453143935
5Everton Women177463025525
6Brighton Women176381530-1521
7Reading Women184862128-720
8Tottenham Women184591632-1617
9B'ham City Women163391230-1812
10Aston Villa Women1531111139-2810
11Bristol City Women1724111461-4710
12West Ham Women1623111636-209
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