Arsenal 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: Gunners in cruise control as Seagulls fail to take flight


Arsenal continued their winning start to the season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Meadow Park.


Two goals either side of half-time means the Gunners go into the first international break of the season at the top of the table.


Vivianne Miedema, top scorer in the Women's Super League last season, was involved in three goals, assisting Kim Little for the opener in the ninth minute and setting up fellow Netherlands player Daniëlle van de Donk for the third. The second she scored herself, smashing the ball across the six-yard box and into the top corner of the net following a first-time ball from Jordan Nobbs.


Though Miedema's goal was the pick of the day, it was the fourth and final goal of the match which will live longest in the memory of Arsenal fans.

Nobbs returns with a goal

On her first league start since returning from an ACL injury which ruled her out for the majority of last season, Jordan Nobbs scored.


It wasn't the prettiest of her goal collection - her strike, a volley in the box following an attempted headed clearance by Brighton, bobbled before finding its way through Megan Walsh's legs - yet its value was felt across the ground as fans cheered and teammates mobbed Nobbs to celebrate.


It capped off a great performance for the midfielder who, having come through 90 minutes unscathed, will be raring to go when she joins up with Phil Neville's Lionesses later in the week.


Nobbs was not the only Arsenal player who put in a good shift: Lisa Evans won player of the match for her efforts, while Katie McCabe was relentless down the left hand side, and Leah Williamson ran the game from a holding midfield role.


Williamson epitomises everything that is good about this Arsenal side: cool, calm, collected, strong, and always one step ahead of her opponent - surely Phil Neville can no longer ignore the cries for her to be one of the first names on his team sheet.

Arsenal celebrate Jordan Nobbs first league goal following her return from an ACL injury


As good as Arsenal were, Brighton offered them little challenge. Hope Powell's side, buoyed by their recent 1-1 draw against Chelsea, spent the whole game on the back foot.

Brighton fail to get a foothold in the game


Fern Whelan and Victoria Williams saved the visitors' blushes further, making several goal-saving challenges in the centre of defence, yet they were left exposed far too many times by a midfield that couldn't cope with Arsenal's tempo.


English youngster Ellie Brazil, in her second season with the club following a move from Italian team Fiorentina, who Arsenal knocked out of the Champion's League earlier in the week, tried to add some grit in the centre of the park, yet her efforts were fruitless. Brighton had no attacking release - they had three shots in total, the first eventually arriving after 37 minutes - and no one to hold up the play in their attacking third.


The Seagulls had made seven changes from their 3-0 victory over Charlton in the WSL Cup last week, including benching striker Ini-Abasi Umotong.


Umotong scored the only goal from open play against Charlton, the other two were penalties converted by Kayleigh Green, and got a goal when Brighton last faced the Gunners at Meadow Park, a 4-1 defeat.


Both Green and Umotong are yet to score during the 19/20 league campaign: Brighton's only goal of the season so far was scored by Aileen Whelan, who was kept quiet by Arsenal's defence today.

Player of the match Lisa Evans and Brighton's Megan Connolly tussle for the ball


Brighton's quest for their first three points of the campaign will continue when they face West Ham at Broadfield Stadium on the 13 October.


The Hammers go into the game on the back of a shock 2-0 defeat to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.


Sizeable crowd


While the London derby was the star fixture of the weekend, attracting the second-largest crowd in the history of the WSL to the London Stadium, there was still a strong turn out at Meadow Park as 1607 supporters braved the rain.


Arsenal face a London derby of their own when they return to league action in two weeks time, taking on Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.


The Gunners will have to continue their strong start to the season if they want to shake off Manchester City, who currently sit second in the table, behind Arsenal only on goal difference. Three games in, 19 to go, and it looks like last season's two-horse tussle for the top could be on again.

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