Women’s football in England has grown rapidly over the past few years and the influx of Australian players and coaches has increased its profile and interest levels here.
Arsenal has long been the benchmark for women’s football in England and Joe Montemurro has triumphed at a club that has tradition of success. Between 2003 and 2009 they enjoyed a run of 108 undefeated games and scored a staggering 199 goals in 22 games under then coach Vic Akers.
Until overtaken in the league by Chelsea and Manchester City in 2020, Montemurro’s side were the team to beat, having won 18 out of 20 games in 2018/19 and scoring 70 goals on their way to being crowned champions.
Although they finished third this season, they recruited three of the very best Matildas, Caitlin Foord, Lydia Williams and Steph Catley in hopes of improving on that result. Foord made an immediate impact, scoring on debut against Lewes and impressing the fans in the Continental cup defeat to Chelsea
Arsenal are spearheaded by Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema and the goal machine is supplied by a talented midfield headlined by Kim Little, who should be familiar to Australian fans from her time at Melbourne City.
The Gunners play with Irish winger Katie Mccabe at full back and it is hoped that Catley’s arrival will allow her to play in her best position, while the rest of the team benefits from one of the worlds best left backs.
It’s evident from their transfer dealings alone that they expect to reclaim the title again next season. With Foord, Catley and Williams joining the likes of Lioness winger Beth Mead, this is a highly watchable team with the strongest Australian flavor in the league.