Alessia Russo made her hotly anticipated Arsenal debut because the Girls’s Tremendous League membership progressed via step one of Champions League qualifying with a 3-0 victory over Swedish facet Linkoping.
It was the England striker’s first match for the reason that World Cup remaining defeat to Spain and her first in Arsenal colors following her excessive profile transfer from Manchester United.
Telegraph Sport breaks down Russo’s debut.
No World Cup hangover
The 24-year-old performed simply over an hour, from the beginning, of Arsenal’s victory. She appeared sharp and comparatively contemporary regardless of the rigours of the summer season’s run to remaining of the World Cup.
Russo appeared to suit into Arsenal’s system immediately, linking up nicely with Caitlin Foord, Frida Maanum and Kim Little particularly, and the latter had the prospect to open the scoring within the first half however noticed a penalty saved.
Little later supplied a skilful help for Foord to interrupt the impasse within the 53rd minute, earlier than Swedish substitutes Lina Hurtig and Stina Blackstenius each got here on to attain towards their former membership within the closing levels.
Not medical in entrance of objective
Russo can have been massively upset to not have scored along with her remaining contact of the match, nodding broad on the far put up seconds earlier than being changed by Sweden striker Stina Blackstenius.
It had appeared sure that Russo would rating unmarked and that miss added to the frustration of getting earlier been denied by the ft of Linkoping goalkeeper Cajsa Andersson after she had burst via the center with tempo.
Within the first half, Russo noticed a powerful effort deflected broad from the sting of the field, and from one other half-chance, her downward header from a nook bounced straight into the arms of Andersson.
But it surely was these two golden probabilities within the second half the place Russo had the perfect alternatives to make a direct mark in an Arsenal shirt.
Spectacular, robust hold-up play
Nonetheless, Jonas Eidevall shall be inspired by the broader impression of Russo’s hold-up play. She confirmed her power on the ball to assist construct assaults when she dropped deeper, and she or he created house for others by drawing Linkoping defenders in direction of her.
Little, particularly, was in a position to make a number of runs into the field from midfield both via assembly a lay-off from Russo or by bursting into house created by the England striker.