Arsenal’s 24-year-old forward Beth Mead made her second successive appearance for England today as the Lionesses faced Argentina in their second fixture of the Women’s World Cup. It was a good game all around for England as they won the game 1-0 and qualified for the knockout stages for the fifth time.
Overall, I thought Beth Mead had a great performance for the Lioness and should’ve been in contention for the Player of the Match. Her output was pretty good overall, particularly from set-pieces, and she was crucial in producing the assist for Jodie Taylor’s goal.
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19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah made his fifth appearance for Arsenal today as the Gunners faced Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup. The Englishman has featured regularly in senior training for the Gunners and was awarded his third senior appearance for the club, this season, in his preferred position as a striker.
Going into the game, Arsenal manager Unai Emery opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the 3-4-2-1 system that was utilised midweek in the 4-1 victory versus Fulham in the Premier League. In regards to the Gunners’ attack, Aaron Ramsey was positioned in the traditional “number 10” role and was accompanied by Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the flanks. As previously mentioned, Nketiah was positioned at the very front of the team in attack.
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Bukayo Saka earned his first senior start for Arsenal as the Gunners hosted Qarabag in their final fixture of the Europa League group stages. The 17-year-old has been rather impressive for both the u21s and u23s, this season, and likely earned his spot following the rumoured injury to another Arsenal youngster – Emile Smith-Rowe.
Interestingly, tomorrow will be three months to the day in which Saka signed his first professional contract with the London club. Today, he produced a very promising performance as he became the first player to start for Arsenal who was born in the 21st century.
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