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Arsenal Women 4 – 0 Brighton Women

Euro 2022 top scorer Beth Mead opened her domestic account for Arsenal with a fine double as the Gunners cruised to a 4-0 win against Brighton in the delayed Women’s Super League season opener.

Last weekend’s fixtures were postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but Arsenal did not let the additional wait affect them as they dominated against the Seagulls.

Admittedly, Brighton’s evening did not begin well. Inside seven minutes, Emma Kullberg was shown a straight red card after a trip on Stina Blackstenius just outside the area. Referee Lisa Been deemed that the foul was not a penalty but as the last defender, Kullberg was dismissed.

Arsenal finally made the breakthrough in the 28th minute. Caitlin Foord’s cutback found Gunners captain Kim Little inside the area. She took the ball around a sliding defender before firing past Megan Walsh.

While it was the only goal of the first half, you sensed more to come after the break and inside five minutes, Arsenal doubled their lead. It was a thunderous finish from Blackstenius (50), who was picked out down the right of the area by Mead. She took a touch before powering home her first goal.

Arsenal winger Mead then took centre stage with two goals of her own. The first came in the 63rd minute as she collected an instinctive cutback from Miedema before slotting into the back of the net.

Exactly 20 minutes later, Frida Maanum saw her initial effort saved by Walsh. But Mead – who won the Euro 2022 Golden Boot with six goals – was lurking inside the area to collect the loose ball before firing home and rounding off a resounding Arsenal victory.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Arsenal begin their Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday as they host Ajax in their first leg. They then face Tottenham in the North London derby at the Emirates on Saturday 24 September; kick-off 1.30pm.

Brighton will next play in the WSL on Sunday 25 September as they host Reading; kick-off 2pm.

What else is happening in the WSL this weekend?

After this evening’s game, there are still five more mouth-watering fixtures to come…

Saturday 17th September

  • Manchester United vs Reading

Sunday 18th September

  • Aston Villa vs Manchester City
  • Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Ham vs Everton
  • Liverpool vs Chelsea, live on Sky Sports Football from 5pm

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