Arsenal defeated fellow WSL team Manchester City on Wednesday evening to progress to the final of the FA Women’s League Cup final.
It was a tightly contested game that saw both teams share the same amount of possession and shots on target. Ultimately, however, it was a close range effort from Stina Blackstenius that sealed the deal in the 93rd minute of the game for Arsenal to win 1-0 and progress to the final to face the winner of the second semi-final between West Ham United and Chelsea.
Previously to this, Arsenal had hit the bar twice and also missed a point blank header deep into the second half. Not only this, the Gunners also failed to capitalise from a goalmouth scramble, following a mistake from City ‘keeper Sandy MacIver.
Arsenal created the better chances overall, but City had their moments. The Citizens almost scored an equaliser after Blackstenius’ goal, forcing a massive save out of Sabrina D’Angelo.
Additionally, Chloe Kelly had a long range effort that was well saved and Lauren Hemp nearly caught D’Angelo off guard with an angled chip. The Gunners’ shot stopper was equal to everything City threw at her, putting in a great performance.
The two teams will play each other again in the WSL on February 11 at Manchester City’s academy ground. Will the outcome be the same, or can City earn themselves a modicum of revenge over the Gunners?
Both teams are on equal points in the WSL as things stand – 26. Arsenal have the superior goal difference, but the Citizens have not lost a league game since September, when they were beaten 2-0 by leaders Chelsea.