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Match report: Arsenal Women 4-0 Charlton

WHAT HAPPENED 

We made it two wins from two in the Continental Cup on Sunday as we beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 at Meadow Park.

It was a professional performance that saw us maintain our place at the top of Group B and keep our sixth clean sheet of the season.

We were limited to shots from distance in the opening half-hour with the Addicks sitting deep in their defensive third, but thanks to a stunning set-piece delivery from Beth Mead, Jennifer Beattie registered her first goal for the club since re-joining from Manchester City in the summer.

The England international whipped the ball into the area and Beattie wrestled past her marker to finish on the stretch.

Mead then went on to assist our second, playing a delicate pass into the path of Danielle van de Donk, who raced through on goal and coolly fired past Katie Startup.

Though often the provider, Mead reminded fans of her goalscoring ability shortly after the break, fizzing a first-time effort into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

The versatile forward has now scored five and assisted six in all competitions this season.

Van de Donk then went on to score her second of the afternoon from 20 yards, only this time she was aided by Startup, who allowed the ball to slip through her gloves and into the back of the net.

Vivianne Miedema had a golden opportunity to further our advantage late on in the second half, but she made the wrong choice in front of goal, opting to beat her marker for a second time rather than pulling the trigger. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We remain top of Group B with six points from two games. We're also yet to concede in the competition. 

WHAT’S NEXT 

Next up in the Continental Cup is Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, November 3. The game will take place at the Peoples Pension Stadium with kick-off at 2pm (UK).

In the meantime, make sure you’ve got tickets for our Women’s Super League clash with Manchester City at Meadow Park this coming Sunday (2.30pm).

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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Photos: Final session ahead of Sheffield trip

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See a selection of images from our final training session ahead of Monday night's game at Bramall Lane

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Sheffield United v Arsenal preview: stats and more

Alex Lacazette returned to full training on Thursday - but will he be considered for our match at Sheffield United?

The France international has not featured since sustaining an ankle injury in our north London derby draw with Tottenham, while Kieran Tierney is waiting for his Premier League bow.
 
So could we see them both at Bramall Lane?
 
“Today is Lacazette’s first training back with us,” Unai Emery said on Thursday. “He finished it well and he's feeling well with his injuries. Tomorrow we will be training again and he will be with us. We will decide.
 
“The most important thing is that first he is training, then secondly it's whether he can be with us and it depends how he can feel in the next days training with us, whether his ankle is not giving him any more problems.
 
“It's positive for us that he's started training and that he's a possibility for Monday. I don't know whether he's ready for 90 minutes or on the bench. We'll decide that over the next days, but it's very important for him to come back to training with us.
 
“[Tierney is] ready to play. Now we have two options in that left-back role with Sead Kolasinac and him. We're going to play a lot of matches after Monday. We will need every player.
 
“It depends how he comes into the first training with us, Sead, after his international matches. We now have two players in that position and we can use one on Monday, it depends how they are, one or the other.”

02:23

✨ That crossing though! | Kieran Tierney appreciation post

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Sheffield United v Arsenal preview: stats and more

Alex Lacazette returned to full training on Thursday - but will he be considered for our match at Sheffield United?

The France international has not featured since sustaining an ankle injury in our north London derby draw with Tottenham, while Kieran Tierney is waiting for his Premier League bow.
 
So could we see them both at Bramall Lane?
 
“Today is Lacazette’s first training back with us,” Unai Emery said on Thursday. “He finished it well and he's feeling well with his injuries. Tomorrow we will be training again and he will be with us. We will decide.
 
“The most important thing is that first he is training, then secondly it's whether he can be with us and it depends how he can feel in the next days training with us, whether his ankle is not giving him any more problems.
 
“It's positive for us that he's started training and that he's a possibility for Monday. I don't know whether he's ready for 90 minutes or on the bench. We'll decide that over the next days, but it's very important for him to come back to training with us.
 
“[Tierney is] ready to play. Now we have two options in that left-back role with Sead Kolasinac and him. We're going to play a lot of matches after Monday. We will need every player.
 
“It depends how he comes into the first training with us, Sead, after his international matches. We now have two players in that position and we can use one on Monday, it depends how they are, one or the other.”

02:23

✨ That crossing though! | Kieran Tierney appreciation post

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Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-2 Tottenham

Our unbeaten run in the league came to an end as goals from Charlie Brown and Clinton Mola cancelled out Ben Cottrell’s strike.

WHAT HAPPENED 

Folarin Balogun came close in the opening exchanges but after good work to gain space, his shot was well saved. 

The hosts almost took the lead when Dynel Simeu fired at goal from the edge of the box but Zak Swanson’s header diverted the danger away for a corner. 

Chelsea’s pressure payed off minutes later when Brown raced behind our defence and slotted past Karl Hein. 

We responded well to going behind as Swanson saw his deflected cross bounce the wrong side of the goal line before Nathan Tormey fired a half volley into the side netting from inside the box. 

The Blues grabbed a second, somewhat against the run of play, when Clinton Mola’s strike following a corner took a deflection, wrong footed Hein and hit the back of the net. 

On the stroke of half-time, Balogun saw a shot saved from inside the box but Cottrell brought us back into the game when he fired home the rebound from inside the six-yard area.

We came close to an equaliser minutes into the second-half when Balogun slotted Trae Coyle into the box, but our forward saw his effort saved from close range.

Balogun thought he should have been awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when he went down under a challenge from Jamie Cumming, but the referee was quick to wave away the protests. 

Chelsea’s two-goal advantage was restored shortly after when Brown headed Billy Gilmour’s cross past Hein from close range. 

Coyle was denied by Cumming once again after our forward struck a goal-bound effort towards the top corner but the fingertips of the Chelsea ‘keeper kept it out. 

Minutes before full-time, Mola weaved through our defence and shot from inside the area, but Hein made a great save to divert his effort wide. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We remain fourth in the Premier League 2 table behind Chelsea, Derby County and Everton.


WHAT’S NEXT 

Steve Bould’s side next face Manchester City away from home on Saturday, October 26 at 4.30pm (UK Time)

By Sam Cox

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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