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Boss hails ‘balance’ as Arsenal stretch lead at the top

01 November, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal goalscorer Vivianne Miedema

ARSENAL stretched their lead at the top of the FA Women’s Super League table with a convincing 4-0 victory at Bristol City on Sunday, writes Steve Barnett.

The result took the Gunners’ attacking tally to 31 goals in just six games. But what really left manager Joe Montemurro purring is the fact that they have now kept five clean sheets in their six league games.

“It’s typical of the way we play,” said the Australian after the game. “We’re obviously very attacking in our methodology and the way we want to play, but it’s also very, very important to have good balance and understanding of what to do when the ball breaks down.”

England international Jordan Nobbs opened the scoring at Stoke Gifford Stadium with a crisp, low finish, before turning provider for Vivianne Miedema, who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner for her 10th league goal of the season. Miedema found her 11th of the campaign in the 89th minute with a header into the far corner. There was still time for Danielle van de Donk to add her name to the scoresheet, with the Dutch midfielder firing home from six yards out.

The win leaves Arsenal three points clear at the top of the table.

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