Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro before kick-off during the FA Women’s Super League game at Meadow Park, London.
– Credit: PA
Arsenal were beaten by a frustrating 0-0 draw on the final day of Aston Villa’s women’s Super League season.
The result sealed the Gunners’ qualification for the next UEFA Women’s Champions League Season, while Aston Villa survived relegation and Bristol City fell to the championship.
Jill Roord had the first chance of the game in four minutes when she tensed in the penalty area before giving herself a chance to shoot, but Lisa Weiss saved her attempt at Aston Villa’s goal.
In the 18th minute, the Gunners had their first clear chance when Beth Mead played for Vivianne Miedema, but she shot straight at Weiss when the Dutch international should have scored .
Villa maintained her discipline well, not allowing Arsenal to break it, and did a good job of frustrating Joe Montemurro’s team at Meadow Park.
The visitors then had their own half cha nce when Jodie Hutton played a free kick into the box, but it was slightly claimed by Lydia Williams as she got off her line to catch the loose ball.
Arsenal made a good opening when Leah Williamson for Kim Little, who made a touch, kicked a ball over the top before scoring a shot at the goal saved by Weiss.
Nobbs had a shot shortly thereafter, but her little effort was taken by Anita Asante in the heart of the mansion – Defense well blocked before Little shot the rebound wide from close range.
Montemurro, who took over his last WSL game for the Gunners, saw his team’s last chance for a rather uneventful first half as Williamson for Miedema, who shot her header wide from a difficult angle on the back post.
The Arsenal boss made his first change during the break when Leonie Maier was replaced by Steph Catley as she left went back from three and Katie McCabe moved to the left wing.
But Villa started the second half brilliantly with Stine Larsen moving forward before the Denmark international shot her low effort past goal.
Arsenal then started higher as Roord drove forward into space before breaking off for a corner that went nowhere with a slight effort distracted by Asmita Ale.
Villa continued to frustrate Arsenal when Miedema scored a shot on goal, after being picked with a low flank, but Natalie Haigh blocked her low stake.
Weiss then had to be vigilant again when she made a good save when Miedema rolled her marker, but her effort was saved.
From the resulting corner the ball fell on Williamson, who drove her exertion over the bar with a dull shot.
In the 73rd minute Montemurro made three changes, with Nobbs and Lia Wälti and Beth Mead were replaced by Danielle van de Donk, Malin Gut and Caitlin Foord as the Gunners were in search of the winner.
Arsenal had another half chance when Catley blocked a shot from the edge of the area before the ball fell on Little, who twisted her shot wide on an extremely frustrating afternoon for the north London side.
Villa did not hold back, however, when Emily Syme led a break and skipped some challenges before her efforts of the Slipping Catley were blocked.
Arsenal had the last topic of conversation of the game when Roord had a shot deflected by Elisha N’Dow in injury time as the Gunners had to settle for one point.
Arsenal: Williams , Maier (Catley 46), Williamson, Wubben-Moy, McCabe, Walti (Gut 73), Mead (Foord 73), Roord, Little, Nobbs (van de Donk 72), Miedema. Unused subs: Zinsberger, Patten, Maritz, Goldie.
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