Arsenal keep up the pressure on Chelsea with easy win over Everton

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Arsenal kept the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table as England internationals Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs reached 50 Women’s Super League goals in a controlled victory over Everton.

Arsenal’s title hopes hinge on their London rivals slipping up, while winning their own remaining games. There was rarely any suggestion that they might fail with the latter on a blustery and fairly quiet night at Walton Hall Park, where Jonas Eidevall’s side patiently disassembled an unambitious Everton setup.

Arsenal started four points behind the leaders, but Eidevall played down the pressure of having to play after Chelsea’s win on Sunday, saying: “It’s like that every time you manage Arsenal. The expectation is that we’re going to win, so the pressure is on every game. I’ve been an Arsenal fan since childhood and I’m privileged to be at this club, so the pressure is on all the time.”

The Swedish manager’s side host Aston Villa and neighbors Tottenham Hotspur next week before a last-day trip to West Ham United and they will surely need maximum points if they are to have any hope of preventing Chelsea from winning a third successive title. .

At Everton, they were rarely in trouble as the 10th-placed hosts recorded no effort on or off target throughout the game.

The north London club opened the scoring shortly before half-time when Australian striker Caitlin Foord picked up a diagonal ball from Leah Williamson and scored it low, though replays seemed to show Foord had been offside. If that was a touch of fortune for the visitors, perhaps it made up for their misfortune earlier in the half: Sweden forward Stina Blackstenius had a goal mistakenly disallowed for offside when she was onside.

Arsenal’s dominance on the ball continued after the break and Mead reached his half-century of WSL goals when he was met by a low cross from Vivianne Miedema and Sandy MacIver was unable to avoid the ball. A fine team move and a sweet finish from substitute Nobbs also saw the midfielder reach the 50-goal mark in the WSL. That’s something only Kim Little, Fran Kirby, Beth England, Ellen White and division-record scorer Vivianne Miedema have previously accomplished, since the competition began in 2011.

“It’s part of being at this club, achieving things like that and not being satisfied with it,” Eidevall added. “We should be very proud and very happy about that today, but we just have to keep going and push ourselves to achieve even more.”

match details

Everton (5-4-1): MacIver 5; Maier 5, Bjorn 6, Finnigan 5, George 6, Pattinson 7; Graham 6 (DalĂ­ 6, 79), Galli 6, Christiansen 6, Bennison 6; Duggan 5 (Magill 6, 60) Unused Subs: Turner, Brosnan, Clinton, Weir

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Zinsberger 6; Maritz 6, Williamson 8, Wubben-Moy 6, Catley 7; Little 7 (Iwabuchi 6, 79), Walti 7 (Maanum, 88); Mead 6, Miedema 6 (Parris 6, 79), Foord 8 (Nobbs 7, 65); Blackstenius 6 (McCabe 7, 65) Unused Subs: Beattie, Williams (gk), Boye Sorensen, Wienroither

Referee: Kirsty DowleKent

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