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Top of the class! Arsenal’s winning run goes on

Boss Joe Montemurro backs ‘education’ philosophy after 6-0 Women’s Super League victory against Reading

25 October, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal have maintained their 100 per cent start to the Women’s Super League season by beating Reading. Photo: Arsenal FC

FORGET formations, for Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro it’s all about “fluidity”.

On Sunday striker Vivianne Miedema hit a hat-trick as the Gunners thumped Reading 6-0 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Women’s Super League season.

The result leaves them a point clear of closest rivals Manchester City with a game in hand. Even more daunting for their title rivals, it means Arsenal have now scored a staggering 27 goals in just five games, while conceding only three.

For Montemurro, who signed a new “long-term contract” with the club just last week, the key to the Arsenal’s success is “education”.

“Modern football is all about fluidity and having players who can play in a number of positions and adapt,” he said. “I keep on saying to the players that the set-up is for the newspaper. 3-4-3, 4-4-2, whatever it is they’re figures for the newspaper.

Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro

“It’s important that you adapt to the situation. If there’s a pass. there’s a pass, if there’s an extra player, there’s an extra player, and we’re good enough at finding these areas and that’s why I’m trying to educate the girls in these situations.”

On Sunday at Meadow Park Montemurro opted for an attacking line-up and his decision instantly paid off.

Beth Mead twisted and turned on the right flank before delivering a lofted cross into the path of Miedema, who found the back of the net with a looping header.

Less than five minutes later the hosts doubled their lead through Jordan Nobbs, who finished from close range after some intricate footwork by Miedema in the build-up.

Miedema also played a part in Arsenal’s third, spraying the ball out to Mead on the left, who cut inside and found the bottom corner to make it 3-0 at the break.

Just four minutes into the second half Miedema grabbed her second of the afternoon – fizzing a first-time effort into the bottom corner.

Danielle van de Donk added a fifth from close range, before Dutch forward Miedema wrapped up the rout that she had started by completing her hat-trick with yet another composed finish.

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