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Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2: Walti and Maanum net as Gunners defeat Reds on the road and equal WSL match win record

SOME headaches normally cause people to look for medicine.

But in Jonas Eidevall’s case, this particular headache is a selection one – and a pleasant one to have with Arsenal beating Liverpool 2-0.

Frida Maanum netted her second goal for Arsenal this term in their win against Liverpool
Lia Walti opened her WSL goal account for this season to give the Gunners the lead at Prenton Park

The Gunners are firing on all cylinders with a solid performance at the home of the Merseyside giants

The result saw them nab their 12th victory in a row in the top tier.

A win that sees them equal the league record set by themselves and Manchester City.

To top it off, Eidevall’s high-fliers also kept their 10th clean sheet, a feat that saw them go 1003 minutes without conceding a goal.

Among the performers who impressed for the visitors was Frida Maanum.

The Gunners’ ace was a midfield menace alongside Kim Little and Lia Walti as Arsenal made it winning business as usual dominating the game for large spells.

Any hopes of the Reds stunning another WSL title chaser were snuffed out with Maanum – among today’s scorers – justifying why she is in Eidevall’s starting 11.

The WSL ace helped Arsenal maintain winning business as usual after their 5-1 defeat of Lyon with Eidevall keeping the same line-up.

On retaining Maanum in his side, the Arsenal chief told BBC Sport“It’s a pleasant headache, isn’t it?

“It’s also a really good sign for any player looking to see what you do when you don’t get opportunities.

“People remember when you play, they don’t remember when you’re not playing so make it stick.”


The result saw the Gunners, with Caitlin Foord delivering a player of the match performance, in action for the third time in seven days.

Eidevall added: “It was tricky, it is tough to play a third away game within a week. I like the heart we put on the pitch today.

“We work extremely hard for each other.

“We showed we matched them and we were very good at expressing ourselves on the ball. That’s the difference.”

Gunners forward Foord said: â€œWe had a short turnaround and a bit of travel.

“We definitely felt it towards the end and it was a grind to see the game out.

Caitlin Foord reckons Arsenal could won have won by a bigger margin

“But in saying that, we had plenty of chances as well and could have gone a bit ahead.”

Matt Beard’s aces began strongly at Prenton Park refusing to be overawed.

But the visitors got get into their groove with captain Little, Foord and Lia Walti among the players pulling the strings.

Walti got Arsenal off the mark powering home their 15th-minute opener from the edge of the box.

The visitors soon doubled their lead eight minutes later with Foord teeing up Maanum who netted after some nifty footwork.

Liverpool attempted to battle their way back with some threatening corner kicks and deliveries into the box.

They caused some problems in the visitors’ box in the second half’s opening stages and looked for a handball after Emma Koivisto’s shot struck Foord.

Niamh Fahey sent a shot wide for Liverpool late on in the game

And they came close to pulling one back with Niamh Fahey firing wide of the far post before Beth Mead walloped an injury-time effort over the bar.

The result saw Arsenal go top before Manchester United’s trip to Leicester.

It also left Liverpool hunting for their second win of the season with a Conti Cup clash with Leicester next before a league trip to Man City.

The Reds are currently ninth after three straight losses following their opening-day defeat of Chelsea.

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