Before Beth Mead left the field against United in November, Arsenal scored 18 goals in nine domestic games; since then the Gunners have scored just seven league goals in five games before taking another hit.
Three weeks and five days later, Vivianne Miedema was carried off the pitch and Arsenal received a double blow to the ACL for the prominent attacking threat in Jonas Eidevall’s team.
It is evident that the giants of the Women’s Super League, Arsenal, are missing the attacking duo. Goal production is low and as a result the Gunners are slipping down the league table and the problems could not be remedied in the January transfer window after bids for Alessia Russo and Signe Bruun failed to produce transfers.
Instead, Eidevall has had to look inside his own dressing room to find the solution: Caitlin Foord.
Newcomer Victoria Pelova told Arsenal media how threatening Foord is on the pitch: “Caitlin Foord is a machine. She is so unpredictable on the ball and so dangerous in 1v1 situations. was so good! It can go either way.” , they intimidate you without the ball and they can also score so many different kinds of goals.”
While on international duty, the Australian headed the third goal against top-ranked Spain for a 3-2 win, scoring again against Jamaica in the 69th minute. His shot clipped the inside of the post and fired straight into the back of the net from outside the box: two goals in two matches on the international stage.
However, with her club on 21 occasions so far, the 28-year-old has scored just six in all competitions and just one goal in the league campaign. Will she be able to bear the weight of expectations and the pressure to deliver in the absence of Mead and Miedema?
After losing 2-1 to Manchester City before the international break, the Reds are risking next year’s Champions League spot by sitting one place below third-place City and six behind current league leaders. , Manchester United.
But before Arsenal can impact the league table on March 8 against Liverpool, they will go head-to-head with Chelsea, in a back-to-back FA Cup fifth round followed by the Continental Cup final. a week later.
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