Women’s Super League: Weekend talking points

Arsenal won’t get carried away with derby drubbing

Two games into a new season is no time to try to determine the goal of the Women’s Super League title or who is on the way to a place in the Champions League. Arsenal will be conscious of this and the need to take things game by game, having started with a 3-2 win over Chelsea last season before being guided to the title by the same side by a single point. While Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday was comprehensive and smooth, Jonas Eidevall and his side are unlikely to get carried away, especially considering how weak the visitors were in front of a WSL record 47,367 crowd. “We didn’t play our game as well as we could have,” said Tottenham head coach Rehanne Skinner. “We were too timid in the press and that presented us with challenges on the ball.” Suzanne Wrack

Villa’s signings give them new life

Aston Villa’s 2-0 win at Leicester on Sunday was a historic moment for the club as it gave them their first back-to-back WSL win. Signings have revitalized Carla Ward’s team, most notably Rachel Daly, whose early penalty was her third goal of the season as they continue to build on their excellent performances for England at the European Championship. Emily Gielnik struck with four minutes from time to end any chance of a Leicester comeback. Eight points separated these two sides last year and while the Foxes have ongoing defensive problems, Villa are marching on and up with a squad that seems ready to take on anyone. Renuka Odedra

Goal number 3 ️⃣ of the season for @RachelDaly3. ? #BarclaysWSL

— Aston Villa Women (@AVWFCOfficial) September 25, 2022

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United finally looks ready for the Champions League clash

Manchester United have some heavyweights in their squad like Ella Toone, Katie Zelem and Alessia Russo but it was two lesser-known players who shone in Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Ham. Lucia García, who joined United from Athletic Bilbao in the summer, and Hannah Blundell scored their first goals for the club, which underscored United’s strength, particularly in terms of scoring chances. It’s a trait that could allow Marc Skinner’s side to break through the strongholds of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal and secure a place in the Champions League this season. RO

? Time for a word with @HanBlundell after an all-around performance in the #WSL ⚽️@teamviewer ↔️ #BringYouClose #MUwomen

— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) September 25, 2022

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Positive for City, but Taylor’s troops still look aimless

Gareth Taylor pointed this out in his comments following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea. “Players make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes and we have to be super careful not to jump on them,” he said. “I saw more positive things from the team and I gave that back to them.” He’s not wrong, there were positive results on Sunday, especially in the first half. However, the visitors struggled for a reaction after conceding the game’s first goal and Chelsea needed to lose quickly instead of City winning. Last season’s third-place finisher’s big concern is that they look aimless – either the plan is wrong or it’s not being executed properly. SW

After another controversial call, reading rages again

“If that [officiating] If left unaddressed it will start costing managerial jobs,” said an irate Kelly Chambers after Reading suffered a 2-1 defeat at Brighton. It was the second week in a row that Reading had come out of a game that felt badly done by officials. The controversy in question came half an hour into the competition on Sunday when Deanna Cooper went up to the head with a clever free-kick. The assistant’s flag went up, but replays showed the defender was on the side. Brighton then took the lead through Lee Geum-min and while Reading dominated the second half they ultimately had to rue their waste on goal as well as the assistant’s flag. Sophie Downey

"If officials don’t improve, our game will stop growing and managers will start getting fired."

Watch the full interview with Kelly Chambers ?

— Reading FC Women (@ReadingFCWomen) September 25, 2022

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“If officials don’t improve, it will stop the growth of our game and managers will start getting fired.”

Watch the full interview with Kelly Chambers ?

— Reading FC Women (@ReadingFCWomen) September 25, 2022

Park takes pride of place in Everton’s rush to Anfield

Everton’s summer move included a new manager, the departure of nine experienced players, five permanent signings and loan deals for several youngsters, including Manchester City’s Jess Park, Chelsea’s Aggie Beever-Jones and Arsenal’s Gio Queiroz. The loan strategy was considered, giving valuable playing time to development players who need patience elsewhere and paid off at Anfield where the 20-year-old Park excelled in a 3-0 win over Liverpool. Brian Sorensen, enjoying his first win as Everton manager, said: “When I first spoke to the club I had a few objectives. I wanted young English players like Jess Park and Aggie Beever-Jones and we were lucky to get them. I’m so happy for Jess. Your performance was great.” Andi Jaeger

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