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It’s time for the Gunners to up work-rate, says Losa

12 October, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Pedro Martinez Losa: ‘We all have to work harder for this club to make sure we can come as soon as possible to the level that we want to be at’

PEDRO Martinez Losa is calling for Arsenal “to work harder” after they continued their frustrating start to the Women’s Super League One season on Sunday by drawing at home against Bristol City.

The visitors took a surprise first- half lead at Meadow Park courtesy of a stunning goal from 17-year-old Lauren Hemp, who expertly curled the ball into the top corner from outside the box.

Netherlands midfielder Danielle van de Donk equalised for the home side early in the second half with a clinical finish across the keeper.

But the Gunners failed to find the all-important winner and, as a result, already find themselves five points behind pace-setters Chelsea and Manchester City.

“We knew what Bristol were going to bring to the game, I think they competed very well,” Losa told Arsenal.com. “They were organised, they had their plans and they put those plans into action on the pitch.

“We struggled in parts of the game. In other moments, we dragged them apart, we exploited the wide areas, but we didn’t finish.

“I’m pleased when we win and I’m pleased when we play well. But I don’t think we’re doing that at the moment. So we all have to work harder for this club to make sure we can come as soon as possible to the level that we want to be at.”

The 1-1 draw against Bristol City leaves Arsenal sitting on just four points from their opening three league games – and quickly losing touch with their title rivals.

Chelsea, who are managed by former Parliament Hill School pupil Emma Hayes, are top of the Women’s Super League One table on goal-difference having continued their perfect start to the season on Saturday with a win over Liverpool.

Maren Mjelde’s early goal secured a 1-0 win at Kingsmeadow, a result that means Hayes’s side have now won three league games out of three, scoring 13 times, while they haven’t conceded a single goal yet this season.

Meanwhile Wendy Martin’s first-half double saw WSL 2 newcomers Tottenham beat rivals the London Bees 2-1 at the Hive on Sunday.

The victory makes it two wins out of three for Karen Hills’s side, leaving the north Londoners just a point behind current league leaders Millwall Lionesses.

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