Arsenal 2-1 Brighton: WSL leaders come from behind to go four points clear

Vivianne Miedema (left) scores Arsenal's equaliser against Brighton
Vivianne Miedema scored her 15th goal of the season to help Arsenal to victory

Women’s Super League leaders Arsenal ended their recent poor form by coming from behind to beat Brighton and go four points clear at the top.

The Gunners dominated but fell behind to an Emma Koivisto header that ended a 465-minute WSL goal drought for Albion.

But the home side came out firing after the break and struck back through Vivianne Miedema’s close-range finish from a superb Beth Mead free-kick.

Mead then won the game, curling in a brilliant free-kick after being fouled.

The 26-year-old’s assist for the first goal means she has now drawn level with Karen Carney for the most in WSL history with 35.

Champions Chelsea in second have a game in hand, but the Gunners now hold a crucial lead after a mini dip in form that had seen them lose to Birmingham and draw with Manchester City.

Brighton’s defeat means they have taken just one point from a possible 18 since a run of three straight wins in October and November, leaving them eighth in the table.

Arsenal rediscover their bite

That sole point taken by Albion of late could yet prove a key one in this WSL title race, coming from a goalless draw with Arsenal’s title rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

At the break at Meadow Park on Thursday, it looked as though they were going to go one better against the Gunners to throw the initiative back to Emma Hayes’ side.

However, after having dominated possession but fashioning only a Miedema header from a corner that Maya le Tissier cleared off the line in the first half, Arsenal were a different animal after the break.

Mead was central to a renewed attacking vigour, picking up the ball and driving at the Brighton defence.

She laid the equaliser on a plate for Miedema with a pinpoint free-kick to the back post that the Dutch striker had only to poke in for her eighth WSL goal of the season and 15th in total.

Mead then took on responsibility herself, drawing a foul on the edge of the box from Victoria Williams with a purposeful run before curling home the resulting set-piece with aplomb.

Once behind, Brighton had little more to offer, with their second-half gameplan reliant on containing an Arsenal side that simply had too much class for them.


Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 26Wienroither
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 65′minutes
  • 2Carvalho Souza
  • 16Maritz
  • 13WältiSubstituted forMaanumat 82′minutes
  • 8Nobbs
  • 10Little
  • 77HeathSubstituted forParrisat 77′minutes
  • 11Miedema
  • 9Mead


  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 12Maanum
  • 14Parris
  • 20Boye Sørensen
  • 28Cull
  • 37Head

Brighton Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Walsh
  • 6Le TissierBooked at 54mins
  • 5Kerkdijk
  • 20WilliamsBooked at 60mins
  • 17Kullberg
  • 21Zigiotti OlmeSubstituted forSimpkinsat 70′minutes
  • 8ConnollySubstituted forWhelanat 22′minutes
  • 2Koivisto
  • 10Kaagman
  • 16BrazilBooked at 24mins
  • 18CarterSubstituted forGreenat 70′minutes


  • 3Gibbons
  • 4Bowman
  • 7Whelan
  • 12Bance
  • 15Green
  • 19Simpkins
  • 24Symonds
  • 40Startup

Kirsty Dowle


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