Arsenal beat Tottenham in the Conti Cup, but can they do it again?

Cloe Lacasse of Arsenal is fouled by Kit Graham of Tottenham Hotspur
Cloe Lacasse of Arsenal is fouled by Kit Graham of Tottenham Hotspur during their FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup match (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The latest Conti Cup action saw Arsenal claim the extra point against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby. The game ended 4-3 to the Gunners following a penalty shootout, when Jen Beattie scored the winning spot-kick.

Despite their victory, it wasn’t a performance Arsenal fans were expecting. Off the back of their impressive 4-1 win against Chelsea in the Women’s Super League, and with only a few days until they face Spurs again, it will be interesting to see if Jonas Eidevall sticks or twists in his selection.

How the game went

Eidevall made several changes to his starting 11, including the return of Vivianne Miedema, who made her first start after a year out recovering from an ACL injury. Tottenham came out fighting and it wasn’t long before they went 1-0 up.

Arsenal had to come from behind three times during the game to level it at 3-3, but after 90 minutes, the teams couldn’t be separated. A brilliant save from Sabrina D’Angelo along with goals from Alessia Russo, Beth Mead, Steph Catley and Beattie in the shootout put Arsenal top of Group D.

You can read our full match report right here.

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What went wrong for Arsenal?

It is clear that Eidevall isn’t afraid to mix up his team. Due to the amount of injuries Arsenal suffered last season, every player has had to step up their game. Squad depth is a crucial part of success and for the most part, the Gunners have proved they have this quality.

The goalkeeper situation has been a hot topic amongst the Arsenal fans over the last year, but on Wednesday night, this wasn’t the main issue. Changing the defenders disrupted the back four and defensively, the Gunners didn’t look overly comfortable. Spurs took huge advantage and caused problems throughout the game.

Arsenal have heaps of talent going forward, but in front of goal, they also weren’t clinical enough. Their hesitancy to shoot made it easy for the Tottenham defence. It was a performance far from the high standards set at Arsenal but one that showed resilience and was enough to get the job done.

Despite dominating possession, Arsenal need to improve if they want to win on Saturday.

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Preview of Saturday’s game

Going head-to-head, Tottenham have never won against Arsenal. However, after an impressive performance under the lights on Wednesday, they will be looking to break that curse.

Although Bethany England didn’t feature in the Conti Cup, she will likely make a return in the WSL game this Saturday. Her impact since joining Spurs last season has been outstanding.

Arsenal will look to start strong against Tottenham. With an expected sold out away end, the fans will be their 12th woman, hoping to support their team to another victory. Three points for Arsenal would keep them in the title race going into the Christmas break.

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports from 11:30am, with kick-off scheduled for 12pm GMT. Tune in to what will be another exciting North London Derby.

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