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Eidevall pays tribute to Arsenal’s spirit in adversity

After Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat by Everton, manager Jonas Eidevall praised his side for how they have coped in a period of turmoil as injuries threatened to derail their early-season momentum. “We see a team here in a difficult moment that we are hopefully on the verge of turning around with players coming back,” he said. β€œI think we have managed a difficult period so far very, very well; and that is important if you want to build a winning team.” Last season, Arsenal crumbled either side of the winter break with one win in seven games between December 5 and January 23. Injuries could disrupt things in the same way, but after a tough 3-2 defeat at Manchester United, they returned to form against Everton after securing a vital point away to Juventus in between. With one league game left to play before the break, against Aston Villa, before Arsenal host Chelsea at home to kick-start the new year on January 15, they could go into the new year in good shape with bodies rested and back. SW

Vintage @VivianneMiedema 🀩#BarclaysWSL @ArsenalWFC pic.twitter.com/dVC4uu15MN

β€” Barclays Women's Super League (@BarclaysWSL) December 3, 2022


United are now a threat from all areas

Manchester United have absolutely nothing to prove to cement their status as genuine title contenders, but a classy 5-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford doesn’t hurt their growing ruthless reputation. United moved ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, by one, and are still three points behind league leaders Chelsea, who have played a game more. That the five goals came from five different faces reflects the biggest shift from last season, when United struggled to share the attacking load. “This year we can get a goal from a cross, we can cut in, we can go one-on-one,” said the manager, Marc Skinner. β€œWe didn’t find any ways last year and I didn’t expect so many different scorers this early in the season. Everyone pitches in.” After a midweek match against Everton in the League Cup, United travel to the Etihad Stadium to play rivals Manchester City. Win and United enter the new year having dropped just three points. Last term they had dropped 12 at the end of the first half of the season. SW

What a finish from @OnaBatlle 🀩#BarclaysWSL @ManUtdWomen pic.twitter.com/UI4Npj8cnY

β€” Barclays Women's Super League (@BarclaysWSL) December 3, 2022


Liverpool shows increased maturity

As with any team moving up a division, it takes some time to find your feet. But it’s pretty clear from recent weeks that Matt Beard’s Liverpool side are getting there. Two draws preceded this 2-0 victory against a West Ham side who have impressed in attack at the start of this season. Early goals help and once again Liverpool found themselves in front in the first half, a third minute goal from the impressive Ceri Holland giving them the lead. Every team also needs a goalscorer and the form of Katie Stengel, who scored her sixth WSL goal in nine games, helps. With a two-goal cushion from the first half, Liverpool showed their maturity in the second, controlling the game and showing a resilience to keep the visitors at bay. With Reading also winning, it was an important three points to give them some breathing room from the bottom of the table. SD

Now that was quick from @Ceriholland_11 πŸ”₯

πŸ“Ί Watch live on the FA Player: https://t.co/YPf6tGofvU#BarclaysWSL @LiverpoolFCW pic.twitter.com/t1j8wAtMTd

β€” Barclays Women's Super League (@BarclaysWSL) December 4, 2022


Kelly runs the show for impressive City

If it hasn’t already been noticed, Manchester City’s home form is impressive. On Sunday, they made it nine league wins from nine at the Academy Stadium with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Brighton. Gareth Taylor’s side swept the visitors away in the first half with Chloe Kelly starring. Still to register her first goal for the club this season, she did everything but score, drawing the Brighton defense every which way. Her deliveries were eye-catching and it was her corner that led to the opener, an own goal from Veatriki Sarri. Then she showed all her skills to beat two players and set up Julie Blakstad for the second. Laura Coombs added a spectacular third. Taylor was frustrated with his team’s performance in the second half, but in all fairness the game was already won. Brighton improved and got a consolation through Lee Geum-min, but it was nothing more than that as City continued their title chase. SD

Laura Coombs only scores worldies! ✨#BarclaysWSL @ManCityWomen pic.twitter.com/K6kkPG2ebx

β€” Barclays Women's Super League (@BarclaysWSL) December 4, 2022


Reiten is having a field day while Leicester are struggling

The last time Chelsea visited Leicester it was a 9-0 rout, and this weekend’s game must have felt like deja vu for the hosts. This time it ended 8-0, so maybe there is some progress there for Leicester to cling to, but regardless it was another fantastic performance from Chelsea, who stay at the top. The damage was done with five goals in the first half. Guro Reiten had a field day with one goal and four assists. The Norwegian has been in brilliant form and is now just three assists away from breaking Beth Mead’s record of 12 assists in a single season – and we are just nine games into the campaign. Bottoms against the top flight revealed the mountain of quality at Chelsea’s disposal and all Leicester could do at times was admire it in the background. CALM

That ball from @guro_reiten 🀯@samkerr1 getting in on the action!#BarclaysWSL @ChelseaFCW pic.twitter.com/Ak1C06zvjo

β€” Barclays Women's Super League (@BarclaysWSL) December 3, 2022


Herculean effort helps lift Reading

This is the season when results can start to show the trajectory of where you can end up in the table. A big effort saw Reading win 1-0 against Tottenham and move seven points clear of the relegation zone – their second win of the season. It also came against the odds and with players out due to flu and injuries. Tottenham goalkeeper Becky Spencer was deluged with Reading shots in the first half, a result of Kelly Chambers’ side pressing high to flood the penalty box with several blue and white shirts. It all led to a mistake from Amy Turner who headed a header into her own goal. Reading also recorded their first clean sheet of the season, with their defense fighting to the end to keep out a spirited Spurs side. CALM

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