Now it’s a battle to save the season for Gunners

Arsenal are left to chase WSL title after crashing out of the FA Cup

Thursday, 21st April — By Catherine Etoe

Arsenal v Chelsea - Womens FA Cup - Meadow Park

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema gets the ball under control at Meadow Park. Photo: Natalie Mincher/Sports Press Photo

“DO better!” was striker Vivianne Miedema’s hot take after Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup semi-final at the hands of holders Chelsea.

A lively crowd of 3,458 packed into Meadow Park on Sunday to watch the top two sides in England battle it out for a place in the final at Wembley on May 15.

And though Arsenal came close with a strong first half, classy goals from Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun after the break booked Chelsea’s cup final spot against Manchester City next month.

“We just need to do better,” said Miedema afterwards. “I think it just comes back to them being sharp in the moments they need to be and us not.

“You can think and say a lot of things, but we just need to reflect on that and yeah, do better.”

The Gunners will get the chance to do just that in the FA Women’s Super League this weekend when they travel north to face 10th-in-the-table Everton.

Arsenal currently trail table-topping Chelsea by a point, so even that title could slip from their grasp if the Blues win all their remaining games.

That would be a crushing end to the season, but Miedema insists Arsenal will not be lacking confidence during the run-in.

“We just have to win all four games,” she added. “It’s frustrating because you’re so close by everything, but you don’t know how it’s going to end up, which also is exciting.”

Fifth-placed Spurs await Emma Hayes’ side on Sunday, but with the confidence her Chelsea players are showing, it could be a testing day at the office for Rehanne Skinner’s side.

“This team, all the time, keep finding another level,” Hayes said at the weekend. “It’s not easy to keep winning, it really isn’t. But we’ve shown again another side to ourselves today.”

Spurs versus Chelsea is live on BBC 1 at 2.30pm on Sunday, with Arsenal’s match at Everton on Sky at 6.45pm.

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