Manuela Zinsberger and Pauline Peyraud-Magnin have shared the goalkeeping duties at Arsenal this season as the club have competed for silverware on four fronts.
Austrian international Zinsberger has been used as Joe Montemurro’s first choice goalkeeper in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League while both players have shared opportunities to play in the domestic cups and in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have been looking at the statistics of both goalkeepers to see how they have performed so far this season.
In the league, Zinsberger has been fielded in 80% of Arsenal’s games. She has a clean sheet average of 0.5 per game after recording six shut outs in 12 outings. She has been on the losing side in a quarter of her appearances, damaging defeats which have come against title rivals Chelsea (twice) and most recently, Manchester City. She has conceded an average of 0.92 goals per game.
Teammate Peyraud-Magnin has made just the three league appearances for The Gunners, however, she has a 100% win rate. She has the better clean sheet record of two shut outs in three games while she has conceded just 0.67 goals per game. It should be noted that her three outings have come against sides who are occupying the bottom four places in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table.
In the FA Women’s Continental League Cup, both players made four appearances and recorded three wins and a defeat. Zinsberger was preferred in the big games with the Austrian taking to the field for the semi-final victory over Manchester City and the defeat to Chelsea in the final. Peyraud-Magnin was preferred in the group stages and came out on the losing side in a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion. The French international did not concede a goal in normal time or extra-time in any of her four matches while teammate Zinsberger was beaten on three occasions.
Arsenal have not won the Women’s FA Cup for four years and this is clearly one of the targets for manager Montemurro with Zinsberger having been preferred in both of their ties in this year’s competition so far. The North Londoners won both matches by 2-0 scorelines against Barclays FA Women’s Super League club West Ham United and second tier side Lewes.
It is Peyraud-Magnin who has been preferred in the early rounds of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. She has featured in three of Arsenal’s four ties, ending all three games on the winning side. The keeper recorded clean sheets in both of her home fixtures against Slavia Prague and Fiorentina but was beaten twice in a 5-2 victory against the Czech side in Prague. Zinsberger played the away leg against Italian side Fiorentina and she was a 4-0 winner with The Gunners, a really impressive victory for Montemurro’s side.
The full-time era has often seen the top clubs share their goalkeeping duties in what can be a very hectic calendar. There is no longer the need for just a single ‘first choice’ goalkeeper and at Arsenal, the statistics show that they have two keepers on their books who can be relied on when called upon.