Arsenal Women vs. West Ham United Women: everything you need to know
West Ham United continue their Barclays FA 2020/21 Women’s Super League campaign with an away game against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Fresh out of their 0-0 draw with fifth-placed Everton, the Hammers are hoping to score points in the WSL once, but know that Arsenal will be a much tougher opponent.
As the WSL matches take place behind closed doors, Wednesday night’s game will be played without the supporters present. However, the kick-off at 7:30 p.m. will be broadcast via the FA Player. Click here to register or login for free.
After picking up the precious point at Victoria Road on Sunday, Olli Harder’s side remain in 9th place, two points above the relegation spot. A win over the Gunners would mean they’re virtually safe thanks to their superior goal difference.
The two teams met at the very start of the 2020/21 season, in a game West Ham will not look back on fondly. In a DCMS pilot event attended by more than 700 Hammer fans, Arsenal inflicted a 9-1 loss at home. Gilly Flaherty’s expulsion was the turning point as the Gunners were ruthless against all 10 players.
West Ham’s last visit to Meadow Park on the opening day of the 2019/20 season was much closer as they narrowly lost 2-1.
The hosts took a two-goal lead in the first half, before a strike from Martha Thomas made the second half interesting.
West Ham United will be without Adriana Leon, Lois Joel, Leanne Kiernan and Katerina Svitkova.
Canadian forward Leon has undergone surgery on a broken foot and is out for the season, while defenseman Joel is also recovering from a similar injury.
Katerina Svitkova has also been excluded from our remaining matches in the 2020/21 season after she suffered an injury against Birmingham City.
For the Gunners, Jen Beattie, Lisa Evans, Viki Schnaderbeck and Fran Stenson should all be missing. Steph Catley returned to the bench the last time around against Brighton after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
The opposition: Arsenal
The Gunners are fighting Manchester United for 3rd place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, and thus qualify for the Women’s Champions League.
The North Londoners have been in stunning form in their previous five games, winning all five games and not conceding any of those games.
Last time around, Jordan Nobbs scored twice in a 2-0 win over Brighton at Meadow Park as Joe Montemurro’s side passed Manchester United on goal difference.
The Australian manager has been in charge since November 2017, but will continue this summer as he chose to leave to take a break and spend more time with his family.
The Hammers will have to be wary of Vivianne Miedema, who has scored 17 goals in 19 appearances this season, and recently made her 100th game for the club.
Caitlin Foord has also been among the Gunners’ goals in recent times, having scored 10 goals in 17 games.
From the manager
Olli Harder will be looking for his side to build on the ‘step forward’ they have made in scoring a point against Everton.
The New Zealander was disappointed his side couldn’t claim three points against the Toffees, but was happy that the team got their fourth clean sheet in as many games.
At the full-time whistle, Harder said, “If I’m being honest I’m really disappointed we didn’t win,” Harder began. “I think we deserved the three points, and we created most of the big chances during the game.
“The pace of work was incredible, that’s what we ask for week after week.”
You can read his full reaction to the 0-0 draw with Everton by clicking here.
Looking ahead to the Arsenal clash, Harder said: “We are one more result to get what we need which is to stay in this division.
“We have three games left and one more result is what we are aiming for – one more victory.”
How to watch:
You can watch the match live on the FA player.
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