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HIGHLIGHTS | Reading vs Arsenal (0-6) | Leah returns, Kim's 300th game & Stina's treble! | Conti Cup

  • Опубліковано 24 січ 2024
  • We secured a place in the Conti Cup quarter-finals in style by hitting six past Reading on the road.
    In a game that also saw the long-awaited return of Leah Williamson and the 300th appearance of Kim Little, Stina Blackstenius bagged a hat trick and Laia Codina scored her first goal for the club.
    In keeping with his approach in the competition so far, Jonas Eidevall named a much-changed starting XI to face the Royals on Wednesday evening.
    One of the players who earned their first start of 2024 was Cloe Lacasse who started brightly down the right wing. Her aggressive pressing and directness in the final third created a number of early chances for our Gunners, with Frida Maanum coming close to opening the scoring.
    Eve Annets in the Reading goal made several early saves to keep the deadlock in tact, but just as she had done on Saturday against Everton, Caitlin Foord bagged the opener. A great incisive ball from Maanum set up our Aussie winger at the edge of the area, and she slotted the ball in the back of the net.
    We doubled our lead before long. Stina Blackstenius continued her electric form in front of goal with a magnificent finish at the near post, courtesy of Steph Catley’s whipped cross.
    Our Swedish striker wasn’t finished for the half, however. She stung once again just before the break, shrugging off her marker in the box and firing off a shot that was deflected into the bottom corner.
    With Eidevall’s side fully in control after the opening 45 minutes, eyes in the crowd turned to Leah Williamson warming up on the sidelines.
    But before Leah made her triumphant return, it was fellow defender Laia Codina’s chance to shine with her very first goal for the club. Codina rose to meet Steph Catley’s corner and we were 4-0 up before the hour mark.
    With 60 minutes on the clock, a deafening roar from the away supporters heralded our number 6’s return to the pitch after nine months away. Jen Beattie made way for a noticeably emotional Leah Williamson, armband in tow, and every pass of the ball earned her rapturous applause.
    Ten minutes later, the travelling fans were given yet another treat with the return of skipper, Kim Little - out through injury since December. This also marked Little’s 300th appearance for the club, with the Scottish midfield maestro becoming only the sixth Arsenal player to ever reach such a milestone.
    Williamson wasted no time at all in reminding the world just what she can do. A delicious ball over the top found fellow Lioness Beth Mead ready and waiting, and with a sumptuous volley, the scoreline was then 5-0.
    Six minutes from time, Stina Blackstenius was there to round off a comprehensive victory with our sixth goal and her own hat-trick. Capitalising on a defensive error, our Swedish forward converted from close range and our unbeaten run in the Conti Cup was secure.
    Team news
    Arsenal starting XI: D’Angelo, McCabe (C) (Little, 71), Beattie (Williamson, 60), Codina, Catley, Cooney-Cross, Pelova (Ilestedt, 71), Maanum (Miedema, 79), Lacasse, Foord (Mead, 60), Blackstenius
    Subs: Zinsberger (GK), Williams (GK), Fox, Russo
    Reading starting XI: Annets (GK), Woodham (Roberts, 68), Hendrix, Smith, Kith, Wade (Jarvis, 85), Primmer (Hunt, 76), Estcourt (Elwood, 68), Houssein, Longhurst, Wellings (Perry, 75)
    Subs: Wilson, Kennedy
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  • @dzikrinugraha1613
    @dzikrinugraha1613 27 днів тому +21

    Stina so underrated

  • @bobburroughs6241
    @bobburroughs6241 27 днів тому +13

    Stina, Stina! A season on her own up front without the 'stars' - deserves a lot. I'm sure we'd like to see Russo scoring at her rate.

    • @succulentchinesemeal_
      @succulentchinesemeal_ 27 днів тому

      she's just so clinical and rightfully selfish with her shots on goal - what we've needed starting this whole season !!

  • @CatGPT_
    @CatGPT_ 27 днів тому +11

    ISTG Blackstenius is the most clinical striker in our club. Has a much better conversion rate than russo.

  • @Daveportime
    @Daveportime 27 днів тому +10

    I'm following women's football more seriously after the World Cup, I wanted to see Viv's peak, as I see a lot of fans talking about her goals and everything she does on the field, I hope she goes back to being what she was before or better , I still have no words for Stina who have to start games or substitutions close to 60 minutes and not close to finishing the game, goal difference will be important from now on, Jonas has a squad that many coaches would like to have

    • @micah10e
      @micah10e 24 дні тому +3

      Same, I didn’t even know women’s world cup existed before 2023 but now I am watching these girl’s matches every week! 😂

    • @Daveportime
      @Daveportime 23 дні тому +1

      @@micah10e me too, trying to understand a little and it's cool to watch😅

  • @davidbrock2871
    @davidbrock2871 27 днів тому +7

    Chloe Lacasse continues to impress.

  • @ndoukouman
    @ndoukouman 27 днів тому +11

    Blacktenius make football look easy….very technical player
    I like the ball sharing

  • @chitran3520
    @chitran3520 27 днів тому +2

    When Leah made comeback i was like:” Yassss queen”
    Blackstenius is doing well in Uk soil. Play her and extend her Jonas. I know she slumping when playing for her country but arsenal help her a lot and she improving. Play her please jones.
    Congrats to Kim

  • @user-il7er9ed7k
    @user-il7er9ed7k 27 днів тому +1

    I love gunners so much❤❤❤❤

  • @MadKhyron
    @MadKhyron 27 днів тому +6

    Welcome back, Leah! ;)

  • @jaiisiinjaason
    @jaiisiinjaason 27 днів тому +9

    Welcome back Leah 💪 ❤❤

  • @mav2010x
    @mav2010x 27 днів тому +19

    another amazing performance from Blackstenius. she is our top goalscorer. she really need to start every game.
    great to see Leah back😀😀😀

  • @esssie
    @esssie 27 днів тому +3

    Kyra almost scoring at the end😩🔥

  • @robertcraig-qo6cp
    @robertcraig-qo6cp 27 днів тому +3


  • @geofreyomollo5570
    @geofreyomollo5570 25 днів тому

    that midfield of walti and big kimmi is just amazing.what are your thoughts

  • @micah10e
    @micah10e 24 дні тому


  • @lukasbaranauskas9500
    @lukasbaranauskas9500 27 днів тому +10

    Great performance from the Arsenal women

  • @callmeenvi3135
    @callmeenvi3135 27 днів тому +16

    Leah is backkkkkkk yessss i screamed so much, i was honestly so happy so see her, missed her sm! Also Kim 300 appearances, she is an absolute club legend and hope to see her playing as much as possible! Amazing wednesday night game, lets go gunners!

  • @Rab_Daddy
    @Rab_Daddy 25 днів тому

    Jen Beattie ❤❤❤❤

  • @imransaiful4201
    @imransaiful4201 27 днів тому +48

    Lets gooooo Leah is backkk! Look at that defence splitting pass!

  • @RedPiano_
    @RedPiano_ 27 днів тому +2

    arsenal is so good

  • @tehattachai4233
    @tehattachai4233 27 днів тому +1

    I love😊 Number No.6❤

  • @bluehope2358
    @bluehope2358 27 днів тому

    Where is Miedema??

  • @nellybrenko7818
    @nellybrenko7818 27 днів тому +4

    She’s backkkkkkkkkkkk👆🩸❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • @mavelas_k9792
    @mavelas_k9792 27 днів тому +3

    Leah is football.

  • @anyadikepaul1
    @anyadikepaul1 27 днів тому +15

    Saw this game. It was a masterclass

  • @joelmosneh3176
    @joelmosneh3176 27 днів тому +2

    Pls,what happened to Miedema?

    • @abasudoh7459
      @abasudoh7459 27 днів тому

      She was part of the gang that tore their ACL and is not yet back to a 100%

    • @llwyde1104
      @llwyde1104 27 днів тому +4

      Slowly coming back...I think her injury was perhaps more serious than some others...

    • @kemlu-haekalmr8890
      @kemlu-haekalmr8890 27 днів тому +1

      She also apparently refused to play CF again, she wants to play the no 10. That's why she had never became a headline with hattrick/quattrick on her name anymore..

  • @snflwr5283
    @snflwr5283 27 днів тому +2


  • @reyhanmuharman4087
    @reyhanmuharman4087 27 днів тому +4

    blackstenius has better finishing than nketiah

  • @uadh7751
    @uadh7751 27 днів тому


  • @rumorumo5969
    @rumorumo5969 27 днів тому


  • @user-kw8hf3wt1u
    @user-kw8hf3wt1u 27 днів тому +1

    Let's goo arsenal😅

  • @chirantanmahanti2627
    @chirantanmahanti2627 27 днів тому +1

    Reading fans must really hate us

  • @bernardyawgh4136
    @bernardyawgh4136 27 днів тому +5

    May elevate anyone who loves Arsenal. We shall prosper in Jesus Name 🙏

    • @jesseb5076
      @jesseb5076 27 днів тому +5

      Just football, no religion, politics or race …. Too decisive , just unite over arsenal and that’s it.
      Your personal choices are yours for you .

    • @bernardyawgh4136
      @bernardyawgh4136 27 днів тому

      @@jesseb5076 that's why I said whoever is in love with Arsenal?? Don't get me twisted. Always read to understand. Lol

  • @villetilus761
    @villetilus761 27 днів тому

    These are not highlights. I did not laugh even once

  • @typicalideas3667
    @typicalideas3667 27 днів тому


  • @rumorumo5969
    @rumorumo5969 27 днів тому