The world-renowned striker Vivianne Miedema made her long-awaited return to the pitch yesterday (October 22nd) when she was substituted for Alessia Russo in the 94th minute. She was received with raucous applause from the Arsenal faithful. Bristol City had a club-record attendance of 12,008.
Arsenal continued their winning ways beating Bristol City by one goal at their home ground Ashton Gate. Arsenal scored early on with a wonderful strike from defender Katie McCabe 7 minutes in. Arsenal held possession for the majority of the game and kept Bristol’s defence under pressure throughout.
Bristol won a free kick 16 minutes in and were able to work the ball well resulting in a Rachel Furness header, which drew Bristol level. Lotte Wubben-Moy was given a yellow card 30 minutes into play for a challenge on Amelie Thestrup. The score remained 1-1 until the second half.
Arsenal remained in a deadlock with Bristol City until another wonderful shot from Katie McCabe found the back of the net 58 minutes into play. Beth Mead was soon substituted, along with Frida Maanum at the 66-minute mark, replacing Victoria Pelova and Laia Codina. It was wonderful to see Beth Mead getting more minutes under her belt after returning from an ACL injury.
Bristol City’s goalkeeper (Olivia Clark) put in a great performance throughout, making her debut for Bristol City in this game. It wasn’t just Bristol players having milestone appearances, however, with Alessia Russo gaining her 50th WSL appearance. Congratulations are also for Caitlin Foord as she became a centurion, earning her 100th appearance for the club in this match.
Katie McCabe’s consistently strong defending as well as her finishing prowess from outside the box earned her Barclay’s Player of the Match. Arsenal now sits 7th in the table with their next opponent being Manchester City on the 5th of November, a challenging match but one we will take in our stride.