The Arsenal women’s team have secured the Women’s Super League title for the first time since 2012 in a match against Brighton which took place at the Amex Stadium and drew a record crowd for the sport of 5265 spectators. As freetips.com reports the team played well, and it was a well deserved 4-0 win that clinched the title for them.
It was the top scorer of the league, Vivianne Miedema that nailed the first goal early in the game, making this her 22nd of the season. She suffered a close miss during the second half stoppage time when her shot bounced off the bar. The second goal came from Katie McCabe with a Miedema assist, while the third was from Beth Mead and the last from Danielle van de Donk, the Dutch midfielder.
This win makes the team the most decorated in English football even with the gap of seven years to reclaim the title. It is the 15th time they have lifted the silverware since 1993, and the boss Joe Montemurro could not be happier. "It's an amazing achievement to win the league title after that long, and doing so in the way we did it was very pleasing. I'm already thinking about what's to come to be honest and creating a base on which to build on. Man City and Chelsea have set the bar over the past three or four years, and Arsenal needs to be at that level. We put some strategies and long-term planning in when I arrived, and I'm happy that the title has come a little earlier than I thought.”
It is the second time they had won a domestic trophy with Montemurro at the helm, as the Australian was there when they claimed the WSL League Cup last season. While it was not such a good day out for Brighton, the team were already nicely away from the relegation zone, and it was their first game at the Amex since their promotion at the end of the last season. Their manager Hope Powell was gracious in defeat and spoke highly of the Brighton team when speaking to BBC Sport saying "Obviously, Arsenal were deserved winners - they're a very good side. We found it tough. I
thought we did a little better in the second half, but we did expect it to be like this. We did our best to try and spoil their party but, for us, it was a massive learning curve against a top-quality side, and we have to find the positives from it. For a lot of these players, it's their first time being in a professional environment. I think we've done fantastically well considering where we've come from.”
The victory was also particularly sweet as it was witnessed by the biggest crowd to support the Women’s league games yet, breaking the record of 5052 set in 2012 when Chelsea played away to Arsenal at the Emirates.