Arsenal fight back to go top of table

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Arsenal shrugged off an early shock to beat Bristol City and return to the top of the Women’s Super League.

Jordan Nobbs brought Arsenal level just before the break with a first-time strike from Caitlin Foord’s cross.

Foord made it two early in the second half and Vivianne Miedema ran through unchallenged late on to seal the win.

Arsenal have a maximum nine points from three games and have moved above Everton, who won 6-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday, on goal difference.

But they found themselves a goal down in the sixth minute as Ella Mastrantonio caught Leah Williamson in possession and fed Harrison, whose shot was not well struck but still crept past keeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Miedema had the chance to equalise immediately but, after rounding Sophie Baggaley, her shot from the angle was blocked by Aimee Palmer at the near the post.

Thereafter Arsenal struggled to find their usual fluency, confronted at times by nine Bristol City players behind the ball, however, the visitors failed to pick up Nobbs’ run as Foord sent the ball over from the left and the England midfielder made no mistake.

The roles were reversed as Foord stretched to put them in front from Nobbs’ cross, but Arsenal found Baggaley in inspired form as they sought to further extend the lead.

She denied Foord a second at the near post and then dived to push away a magnificent Nobbs volley, before further excellent saves from Katie McCabe and Miedema.

City had the chance to equalise when sub Ebony Salmon was played in one-on-one by Carla Humphrey but Zinsberger used her legs to keep out a right-footed shot.

And Miedema settled any remaining Arsenal nerves as she used the outside of her foot to direct the ball beyond Baggaley after running onto Beth Mead’s pass.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forMaritzat 75′minutes
  • 5BeattieSubstituted forGutat 75′minutes
  • 15McCabe
  • 7van de Donk
  • 13Wälti
  • 8NobbsSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 88′minutes
  • 9Mead
  • 11Miedema
  • 19Foord

Substitutes

  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 16Maritz
  • 20Maier
  • 21Gut
  • 24Stenson
  • 30Mace

Bristol City Women

  • 1Baggaley
  • 14Palmer
  • 4Matthews
  • 3Evans
  • 23Purfield
  • 10Daniels
  • 8Humphrey
  • 26MastrantonioSubstituted forLogarzoat 79′minutes
  • 17Bissell
  • 11Wellings
  • 21HarrisonSubstituted forSalmonat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Rafferty
  • 6Logarzo
  • 9Salmon
  • 13Haland
  • 18Collis
  • 20Wilson
  • 25Layzell
  • 28Jones

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