Arsenal have secured an important three points at home against bottom-of-the-league Liverpool.
Vivianne Miedema was the difference at Meadow Park as title holders Arsenal only managed a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
Unexpectedly, it was the visitors who started off on the front-foot. Captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland struck the upright after fellow defender Becky Jane teed her up with a cross in the opening 10 minutes.
This was the only real threat Liverpool could muster up throughout the game. The Gunners learned quickly and went on to dominate possession.
Kim Little looked like she had all the time in the world in midfield. The skipper linked up well with Jordan Nobbs and Dutch international Jill Roord.
A professional performance
Wave after wave of Arsenal attacks troubled Liverpool and the pressure eventually got the home-side their lead after 28 minutes. Miedema
found the back of the net after a quick counter-attack.
The Dutch goal-getter now has 16 goals across all competitions with a quarter of those coming from the WSL. Miedema has now jumped to the head of the table of top scorers in the league with four goals and three assists.
Liverpool – who have failed to score a goal from open play so far this season – found it difficult to break down a team who have conceded just three goals.
Their counter-attacks came only in the form of long-range efforts through Rhiannon Roberts and Kirsty Linnett who really didn’t trouble Manuela Zinsberger.
The second half was all Arsenal – attacks were plentiful as their creative midfield pulled the strings.
In a post-match interview, Joe Montemurro praised his team for being in control and said that that was the “most important thing.”
On another day, the Gunners could have scored a handful more. However a lack of clinical finishing saw the game end 1-0. This result roots Liverpool to the bottom of the table on just one point with Arsenal in third, behind Manchester City on goal difference.