Arsenal Girls 1 Leicester Girls 0
Arsenal put Monday’s Champions League heartbreak behind them and returned to successful methods within the Girls’s Tremendous League as Frida Maanum’s eye-catching strike from vary beat ever-improving Leicester Metropolis.
It might so simply have been a crash again to Earth for Arsenal as they performed in entrance of three,982 within the extra modest environment of Meadow Park, 4 days after their dramatic extra-time loss to Wolfsburg in entrance of an English membership ladies’s match report crowd of 60,063. However Jonas Eidevall discovered an amusing option to clarify why he enjoys each environments.
“It’s one of many issues I pleasure myself on, I get pleasure from being on the Emirates in entrance of 60,000 and I all the time get pleasure from being right here in entrance of a full crowd as effectively. I’m the identical with eating places. I can actually get pleasure from wonderful eating however I can actually like a spot the place it’s similar to greasy meals and a chilly beer as effectively. I can do each, and that’s what that you must do as a soccer workforce as effectively,” the Arsenal supervisor mentioned with a smile.
The Swede added that his workforce “might simply have scored greater than the one purpose that we did” and certainly they might. Katie McCabe had a first-half penalty saved by Leicester goalkeeper Janina Leitzig, who the East Midlands membership’s supervisor Willie Kirk hailed after the sport because the “finest keeper within the WSL” and the “finest signing of the January window”.
Because the hour mark handed with the match nonetheless goalless, you couldn’t assist however begin to marvel if Arsenal had been going to undergo the agony of fading out Champions League rivalry simply 4 days after being dumped out of this yr’s competitors. However Maanum curled in fantastically to win it and was twice additional denied by Leitzig as she virtually grabbed a hat-trick of long-range strikes.
Leicester had misplaced all three of their earlier WSL conferences with Arsenal by 4 objectives or extra and Kirk took solace from Friday’s efficiency, including: “It’s a extremely good barometer – my first sport in cost was towards Arsenal and we had been overwhelmed 4-0 and we had been fortunate it was solely 4. That exhibits you the journey we’ve been on. We don’t get any factors for that however we do get a variety of respect and pleasure.”