North London derby postponed due to Covid

Women's Super League showdown between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium called off due to a 'significant number' of positive cases in the Spurs squad

Thursday, 24th March — By Catherine Etoe

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Gunners were due to host Spurs at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow (Saturday)

ARSENAL have confirmed that tomorrow’s (Saturday) Women’s Super League match against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium has been postponed due to a “significant number” of coronavirus cases among the Spurs squad.

It is Tottenham’s second London derby to be postponed this week after Wednesday’s league game at Chelsea was also called off following a number of positive cases in Rehanne Skinner’s squad.

Reigning champions Chelsea have trailed Arsenal for much of the season, but significantly the cancellation of the north London derby paves the way for Emma Hayes’ side to move top of the table should they win at Leicester City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the joy on the face of lifelong Gooner Lotte Wubben-Moy was plain to see on Wednesday after the defender dragged Arsenal back into their Champions League quarter-final with Wolfsburg.

A first-half goal from Tabea Wassmuth had put the visitors in control in a match that only pulled in just over 5,000 fans at the Emirates Stadium. And as the clock ticked down, it looked as though the German team would depart from north London the happier side.

But in the 89th minute, central defender Wubben-Moy pulled off the kind of finish a centre forward would be proud of, coolly slotting home Tobin Heath’s free-kick to make it 1-1 and set up a tense fight to progress in next week’s return leg.

“We definitely deserved something out of the game,” said teammate Leah Williamson afterwards. “They are a great team, I think it might have been a good game of football to watch, it was a good game to play, so I’d have been very disappointed if we’d come away without at least a point.

“For [Lotte] to score like that, you can see what it means in her celebration. I think that’s what you want to see as a fan watching your team, you want to see somebody where it means that much to them.”

Head coach Jonas Eidevall was equally delighted for the player, adding: “It’s a good finish, of course a special moment, for a childhood fan being at the Emirates and scoring an important goal like that.”

In other news, Arsenal will need to overcome rivals Chelsea if they are going to reach the FA Cup final in May after former Gunners’ captain Faye White paired the two sides in the semi-final draw on Monday.

Arsenal beat Championship side Coventry United in the quarters on Friday thanks to a Stina Blackstenius header just before the break and second-half goals from Beth Mead, Nikita Parris and Vivianne Miedema.

It was the 11th time Arsenal have won 4-0 this season and the fourth time that they have scored four in a match since the end of February – something Eidevall is content to see.

“We’ve got used to scoring a lot of goals again,” he told the Tribune. “We’re almost close to averaging four goals a game in this period after the FIFA break, which is great.

“It’s a great position to be in, we’re in a good position in the league, going to play the quarter-finals of the Champions League and are only one game away from going to Wembley again, so it’s nice. It’s the games you want to play.”

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