Arsenal Women will play the last game of this season tomorrow, in a women’s 5th round England Cup tie against Crystal Palace, championship team. This season’s FA Cup will end at the start of next season (like last year) with the quarter-finals at the end of September, the semi-finals on Halloween and the final on December 5, when 100 there are years the FA banned women’s football.
This is of course not only the last game of the season, but also the last game of manager Joe Montemurro. After three and a half seasons at the club, Montemurro will leave after winning the Continental Cup in 2018 and the WSL in 2019, and qualifying for the Champions League twice. Arsenal also reached two more Continental Cup finals under Montemurro and one FA Cup final in 2018.
When asked if he had any doubts about the resignation, a move he announced in late March, Montemurro noted, “I’ve had a lot of doubts over the past month and a half, but there’s a hunch that tells me I’ve made the right decision. The club now has the opportunity to take it to the next level with someone better than me.
Arsenal have won nine of their last ten matches in all competitions with the only flaw being a draw against Aston Villa last weekend, and in truth, should beat Crystal Palace with some ease. Crystal Palace finished 7th in the women’s championship this season, with 20 points in 20 games. Palace beat the relegated London Bees 3-0 in the fourth round.
News from the team:
Jen Beattie underwent back surgery on Monday to fix a problem she has dealt with for most of her career. Lisa Evans is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury and is unlikely to be involved. Viki Schnaderbeck remains out and Malin Gut, who is said to have left the club this summer, suffered an ACL rupture in training this week. Jill Roord, whose departure for Wolfsburg was announced on Monday, could play her last game for the club.
Player to watch:
Katie McCabe has excelled at left-back this season, adding more to her defensive side of the game, while also contributing 4 goals and 12 assists (11 in WSL). McCabe, however, has the versatility and ability to play higher up the pitch, and Steph Catley’s return could see McCabe playing like a left winger. Catley played 45 minutes last weekend in a three-way backstroke, with McCabe as a winger, and the start of a potential partnership between McCabe and Catley, who has excellent delivery from the final full pass, could give the potential new Arsenal manager. lots of food for thought.
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Planned composition: 18. Williams; 4. Patten, 6. Williamson, 3. Wubben-Moy, 12. Catley; 13. Wälti, 10. Little, 7. Van de Donk; 8. Nobbs, 11. Miedema, 15. McCabe
Alternates: 1. Zinsberger, 9. Mead, 14. Roord, 16. Maritz, 19. Foord, 20. Maier, 29. Goldie
WHAT: Arsenal Women vs Crystal Palace Women, FA Cup Women
OR: Meadow Park, Borehamwood
WHEN: Sunday May 16 at 7:00 am PDT | 10:00 am EDT | 3:00 p.m. BST
LOOK: Arsenal.com (streaming), Twitch