Arsenal Women romped home against an overmatched Charlton Athletic on Sunday afternoon, Beth Mead leading the way with a terrific performance.
Arsenal Women didn’t need to be at their best on Sunday afternoon as they eased past Championship bottom club Charlton Athletic in the Women’s League Cup.
Beth Mead scored one and laid on two, with Danielle Van De Donk grabbing a brace, in a 4-0 victory that keeps Arsenal top of group B.
While Charlton weren’t the sternest of opposition, the Gunners were made to work in the first half especially and it wasn’t until the 35th minute that Jennifer Beattie met Mead’s freekick to put them ahead.
Charlton didn’t offer much going forward, with just one effort on goal, but they sat deep and forced Arsenal’s midfield to unpick them.
When they finally did, it was through a beautiful move that saw Jordan Nobbs, Mead and Van De Donk all involved, resulting in the latter sliding the ball below the goalkeeper.
Vivianne Miedema had the chances to score her 49th and 50th Arsenal goals, but with the game already at 4-0, she looked as though she wanted to do too much, squandering the opportunities rather than finishing them with her usual deadly efficiency.
She will hope that she can reach that milestone next Sunday against Manchester City instead. Coming out of the emphatic victory, Miedema’s fitness is the only slight worry, picking up a knock in the dying minutes of the game and was substituted in the 85th minute.
The defeat to Chelsea was certainly a blow for last season’s champions, but the squad have responded in the best possible way with two consecutive blowout wins.
Joe Muntemurro’s side remain top of Group B with six points from two games and are also yet to concede in the competition.
Next up in the Continental Cup for the Gunners will be against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, November 3. The game will take place at the Peoples Pension Stadium with kick-off at 2pm (UK).
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