Arsenal remain positive despite City loss

Arsenal have had a rough few weeks in the Women’s Super League, with defeats against both Chelsea and Manchester City coming in quick succession.

The loss against City left Arsenal three points adrift from the top of the WSL.

Both of City’s goals at the CFA came against the run of play. They were in fact, City’s only two shots on target.

“I’m very disappointed, they weren’t even created chances, they were half-chances,” Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro said.

“It doesn’t usually happen but it did, we have to now forget about what happened and build and move on.

“We lost 2-1, that’s all that counts. We had opportunities but part of the art of football is finishing a game off and we didn’t do it today.”

The emotion of the game was raised substantially with the fixture being Nick Cushing’s last in charge of Manchester City. Cushing now moves on to an assistant manager role at New York City FC.

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“If I could predict the future, I would be a very rich man,” Montemurro said. “I had the pleasure to work with [Nick] when I was working for the City Group and I’m sure he will adapt very well to the men’s game and to a new situation.

Last Wednesday was the Continental Cup semi-final, where Arsenal came away with a 2-1 victory of their own against Man City.

“We expected a physical encounter and there was the added emotion of Nick leaving and what happened on Wednesday night,” Montemurro added.

The game itself was overshadowed by things going on off the pitch, but Joe still found time to give his analysis.

“These games always have shifts in momentum,” Montemurro said. “I was sat on the bench and I wasn’t concerned that we were going to concede. I can’t fault this team, three hard games in a week.”

Both Lia Walti and Kim Little missed out on being in the squad for the trip to the City Football Academy.

“It was too big a risk to play them in such a physical encounter,” Montemurro stated. “We should be able to rest them up and get them ready, we will have to monitor them in the week and see how they go.”

Nobbs: ‘We definitely aren’t defeated yet.’

Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs came back into the squad on Sunday after sitting on the bench for the Conti Cup semi-final last week.

“We have to stay focused and do what we can do in control of our bubble, Nobbs said. “We had a lot more play than them but what matters is scoring goals, and City did that.

“We’re going to hold our heads high when we leave here and try to keep doing what we do best.”

Nobbs is still confident that Arsenal are in the title race, despite being behind both Chelsea and Manchester City now.

“It’s been taken out of our hands,” Nobbs said. “We definitely aren’t defeated yet. Every year this league has its ups and downs.

“We’re going to make sure we carry on winning games, we are still a great day.”

Arsenal play Spurs this Sunday, in the second-ever WSL North London derby.

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