Gunners’ late show in win at United
19 September, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Danielle van de Donk
A TACTICAL switch made all the difference on Monday as Arsenal left it late to secure a win at newly promoted Manchester United in the Women’s Super League.
Dutch playmaker Danielle van de Donk pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area and fired past England goalkeeper Mary Earps with just seconds left on the clock to ensure the Gunners maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign.
In the end a 1-0 scoreline was enough for Joe Montemurro’s side to collect all three points, with the Arsenal boss blaming the “decision-making in the final third” for not winning the match more comprehensively.
He said: “United were so deep, I saw one clip where they had eight between the six-yard box and the edge of the area centrally.
“In those situations you need to keep recycling over and over again to drag them out of position and find the spaces – and we did that in the second half. That was the difference.
“We also told our 10s, who were playing in the pockets, to go out a little bit so that we could go a little more centrally.
“That gave Viv [Miedema] the opportunity to come underneath and it allowed us to penetrate, so it was more positional adjustments, rather than a change in formation as such.”
Arsenal will have to be at their tactical best again this Sunday when they play away against London City Lionesses in the FA WSL Continental Cup at Dartford FC.
The Lionesses, who are chaired by Diane Culligan, who also helps run Hampstead FC, will go into the game in confident mood after making it three wins in four outings in the Women’s Championship on Sunday with a 2-0 victory at Charlton.
There will be plenty of added spice as the Lionesses are coached by Chris Phillips, who was a key part of the development of many young players during his time as a coach with the Gunners. Kick-off for the cup clash is 2pm.