The Barclays FA Women’s Super League are back with yet another classic offering on Sunday afternoon when they screen a re-run of the 2017/2018 FA Women’s Super League 1 fixture between Arsenal and Manchester City at Meadow Park.
The Gunners went into the last three games of the season four points adrift of visitors Manchester City and anything but a victory wouldn’t be good enough for Joe Montemurro’s side.
Ahead of Sunday’s re-run, we take a look back at the situation before the game, as we provide a comprehensive match preview.
Arsenal’s title hopes had disintegrated in the weeks before their clash with Manchester City at Meadow Park. The Gunners were only able to record an underwhelming goalless draw at struggling Yeovil Town and while they had defeated Liverpool 3-0 at home, they dropped three more points in their latest FA Women’s Super League 1 fixture which ended in a 3-0 defeat at Birmingham City. To cap-off a disappointing period, Arsenal had lost 3-1 to Chelsea in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley one week prior to meeting Manchester City.
The North Londoners’ final home fixture of the season against Nick Cushing’s City would see Alex Scott make her final career appearance while Heather O’Reilly would also say her farewells to the home crowd.
Arsenal were out for revenge after Manchester City had beaten them 5-2 at The Academy Stadium in the reverse fixture back in September.
Manchester City’s form going into their final away game of the season had been equally as underwhelming. Three defeats in six FA Women’s Super League 1 matches was hardly the ideal preparation for what was a huge game at Meadow Park. Should City have been defeated by Arsenal, they knew that they would still have winnable home games against Yeovil Town and Everton to make sure of their UEFA Champions League qualification, although their title hopes would be hanging by a thread if Chelsea were to win their home fixture against Sunderland.
The re-run of Arsenal’s 2017/2018 FA Women’s Super League 1 meeting with Manchester City will be screened on the official Barclays FA Women’s Super League Facebook page and the FA Player at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.