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Women’s Super League: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-5 Arsenal

Arsenal recorded a convincing 5-0 win at Brighton to maintain their 100% start and return to the top of the Women’s Super League.

Two goals from Vivianne Miedema plus strikes from Danielle van de Donk, Jen Beattie and Lotte Wubben-Moy gave them a fourth win in four.

Miedema opened and rounded off the scoring for the Gunners to take her tally for the season to seven goals.

Right-back Wubben-Moy netted her first senior goal for the club.

The Gunners returned to the top of the table, having been displaced by Manchester United’s win at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Miedema’s double also took her to 49 career Women’s Super League goals, taking her level with all-time record holder Nikita Parris.

Despite the comfortable nature of the win for Joe Montemurro’s side, they were given a couple of early scares by Brighton before Miedema’s opener.

Denise O’Sullivan fired narrowly wide from inside the penalty area and Inessa Kaagman also forced a smart save from Manuela Zinsberger.

But once Netherlands striker Miedema found the bottom corner from 20 yards out for the first goal, Arsenal were unstoppable.

Beth Mead had an effort tipped onto the base of the post by Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh before Miedema was also denied a second when Walsh raced off her line to block a one-on-one chance with her legs.

Eventually, Van de Donk doubled the lead towards half-time from Caitlin Foord’s pull back from the byeline.

After the break, the goals continued to come and Scotland defender Beattie headed in Katie McCabe’s corner at the back post.

The fourth was arguably Arsenal’s best goal as Miedema went on a surging run down the left wing before producing a brilliant ball across goal for Wubben-Moy to race on to and stab into an empty net from close range.

There was just enough time left for Miedema to make it 5-0 in injury time as she swept home a half-volley from McCabe’s cross.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

  • 1Walsh
  • 6Le TissierSubstituted forBartonat 88′minutes
  • 5Kerkdijk
  • 13Stott
  • 3Gibbons
  • 15GreenSubstituted forLeeat 78′minutes
  • 12O’SullivanSubstituted forSimpkinsat 87′minutes
  • 4BowmanSubstituted forWilliamsat 66′minutes
  • 7Whelan
  • 23JarrettSubstituted forConnollyat 45′minutes
  • 10Kaagman

Substitutes

  • 8Connolly
  • 9Lee
  • 11Heroum
  • 18Barton
  • 19Simpkins
  • 20Williams
  • 25Fiskerstrand

Arsenal Women

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 20MaierSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 57′minutes
  • 6Williamson
  • 5BeattieSubstituted forSchnaderbeckat 59′minutes
  • 15McCabe
  • 21Gut
  • 13Wälti
  • 7van de Donk
  • 9Mead
  • 11Miedema
  • 19FoordSubstituted forMaceat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 18Williams
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 30Mace
  • 31Denton

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