General view of the ground. Tottenham Hotspur Women v Arsenal Women, WSL football match, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Arsenal edge out plucky Spurs in-front of record crowd in North London

FA Women’s Super League champions Arsenal have claimed the bragging rights by seeing off a well-drilled Tottenham Hotspur side 2-0 in-front of a record crowd of 38,262 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.

The home side were organised throughout but were undone by second half strikes from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema.

Arsenal started the match with more of the ball and Little fired an early effort at home keeper Becky Spencer from the edge of the box. Beth Mead then looped a header onto the top of the bar before shooting wide across goal after beating two Tottenham Hotspur players on the left.

The home side should have taken a surprise lead in the 19th minute when Kit Graham beat the offside trap but she could only shoot at Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger when one-on-one before a Rachel Furness rocket from distance went just over the bar.

The chances kept coming for Spurs. First, Graham curled a shot from the edge of the box whiskers wide when many fans thought she had scored before Rianna Dean saw an effort fly across goal.

Dutch international Miedema had the last attempt of a goalless first half. She found space in the box but failed to trouble Spencer in the Spurs goal.

The second half saw chances at each end with Dean heading wide from a Spurs corner kick before Katie McCabe flashed a driven shot off target at the other end.

Miedema then hit a vicious shot wide before Joe Montemurro’s side took the lead. Little found space on the edge of the box and unleashed a shot which found the bottom corner of Spencer’s net, heartbreak for the home side.

Spurs did not throw in the towel and they stuck to their game plan. Furness continued to be lively in the centre of midfield and tested Zinsberger with a long range shot before Arsenal hammered the final nail into the home side’s coffin. Miedema capitalised on some slack Spurs play to round Spencer and strike the ball home.

The champions should have been 3-0 up in second half injury time but Lisa Evans blazed a shot over the bar when she should have at least troubled Spencer. It didn’t matter as The Gunners returned to winning ways.

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