Arsenal women beat Manchester United to put Champions League hopes

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Arsenal women beat Manchester United to put Champions League hopes in their hands.

Arsenal players and coaches have responded to the big questions, following the poor results against the top four teams.

With huge wins against Manchester United and now fit to qualify for the Champions League.

A 2-0 win with Millie Turner (OG) goals and Lotte Wubben-Moy means Arsenal now trails United by three points with a game in hand over West Ham.

The Gunners’ goal difference is plus 36 while United is plus 17. If the teams finish level on points, Arsenal will finish in third place and ready for the Champions League.

In this crucial game, Joe Montemurro made bold decisions out of 11. And was rewarded with a landslide victory.

With Leah Williamson and Jennifer Beattie both injured. She turned to Lotte Wubben-Moy and Lia Wälti as midfielders, depriving the midfielder of their traditional anchor.

He could have played the duo-Patten-Wubben-Moy playback, who kept the team unbeaten during the 2017 Spring Series. To keep Wälti next to Kim Little in the middle of the pitch.

The Swiss midfielder was very high in the role, and being able to pass with good accuracy from both feet meant.

He could open up space and make an attack on the left side in a tight position easily.

In the middle of the pitch, the Arsenal manager left without a defensive midfielder, with Kim Little selected as a deep-rooted player with two attacking Dutch players, Danielle van de Donk and Jill Roord.

Jordan Nobbs was demoted to the bench.

Jordan Nobbs was demoted to the bench, which was a decisive one without serious injuries.

Earlier, it came as no surprise to Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema, and Caitlin Foord, the attacking team, used this season.

Jordan Nobbs
WSL-Jordan Nobbs (Source: Talksport)

Lisa Evans was again seated on the bench as Noelle Maritz was selected ahead of her left back and Beth Mead as a right-back.

The first 11 therefore were: Zinsbeger; Martiz, Wubben-Moy, Wälti, McCabe; Younger, van de Donk, Roord; Mead, Miedema, Foord.

It was clear that United were determined to play evenly, but that match came out of the window as soon as Arsenal defender United defender Millie Turner scored the second goal.

Arsenal won the ball on the left side, with United defending the third. Foord sent a beautiful ball to Roord, and his cross was intercepted by Millie Turner, past the Earps.

United had a few unbeaten chances, and the break came with the Gunners leading 1-0.

BT Sport has shown Casey Stoney complaining to the referee about Lauren James being misdiagnosed again.

Surprisingly, Beth Mead was booked early in the second half for an innocent challenge to the former Arsenal player. It was a yellow color that would have consequences later in the game.

Manchester United Women's team
Manchester United Women’s team (Source: The Guardian)

Meanwhile, Lotte Wubben-Moy hit a long header in the corner of Katie McCabe as she won her match with Katie Zelem, who is very young and marked in the middle midfield.

Arsenal was not open twice and needed good match management to see the game end in the next 40 minutes.

But tragedy struck in the 62nd minute when Beth Mead received a second yellow card for a foul.

The Red Devils could not have created enough to break down the Gunners’ defense. Except for one where Ella Toone scored but was not offside, the game ended 2-0 at Arsenal.

This has been a huge, big success for Joe Montemurro and his team as there is a lot of pressure to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Players can come in and go through the Champions League qualifications. Especially in terms of retention of players with the offers that come with Leah Williamson and Vivianne Miedema.

Casey Stoney described the referee as “cruel.” 

The beating of Jill Roord removed the head of Millie Turner and Lotte Wubben-Moy after the break boosted the Gunners’ Champions League hopes.

As they advanced to three points at third-placed United with the game in hand.

But Stoney believed his players – especially Lauren James – were the victims of Arsenal’s attacks and criticized referee Amy Fearn, who sent Gunners striker Beth Mead just two hours into the match.

Casey Stoney
Casey Stoney (Source: Talksport)

“How can you make someone else mistreated and abused and misbehaved and then do nothing?” Stoney told BT Sport.

“I thought the referee was rude tonight, and that’s not an excuse for my team’s defeat.

But we have to improve the performance of this unit. We have to do it because if Lauren James responds to any of these, she plays voice.

The refereeing level in women’s soccer has been closely monitored, with all senior officials in England’s top two teams taking the lead.

Former London Bees manager Lee Burch, former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis and Natasha Harding international Welshman are among the critics working this season.

But in February, the Football Association said it had no plans to introduce a referee in full for at least three years.

Winning all but closing United’s chances of challenging the top two players at Chelsea. And Manchester City for the WSL title with nine points left in the leaders with five games left.

Return Arsenal’s WSL victory over Manchester United

The battle for a place in the top three and the European campaign in 2021-22 now seems to be between Arsenal and Manchester United, who are fifth in Everton with 10 points behind United.

Stoney’s side was in control after the break but lacked the cutting edge in front of goal, with young James guilty of missing out on a good chance when he exploded inside the box.

Arsenal Vs. Manchester United
Arsenal Vs. Manchester United (Source: The short fuse)

Wubben-Moy’s header early in the second half gave the Gunners a head start before Mead’s second yellow card for Lucy Staniforth for the final 30-minute match.

Arsenal’s next game is a derby north of London with Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, March 27, while Manchester United host West Ham struggling on that day.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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