Jill Roord of Arsenal Women. Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women, FA Women's Continental Cup Semi-Final football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 29 Jan 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

How does Arsenal midfielder’s spectacular start compare to previous years’ goal records?

Arsenal midfielder Jill Roord is in the form of her life right now after netting back-to-back hat-tricks in The Gunners’ opening two matches in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been known to have a keen eye for goal but nothing like what Arsenal fans are witnessing in the early stages of the new season.

Roord has averaged a goal every 30 minutes in The Gunners’ first two matches but how does that fascinating strike rate compare to her league goal tallies in previous seasons?

At her first club, FC Twente, the 2015/2016 campaign was the most fruitful for Roord. She netted 20 goals in just 24 games. Her goal average of 0.83 goals-per-game has never been bettered, although she is on the right track to rival that record this season if her sparkling form in-front of goal is to continue.

Naturally, after stepping up to Frauen-Bundesliga level with Bayern Munich in 2017, the midfielder’s goal tally would drop. Roord managed six goals in 17 league outings for Bayern in her first campaign in Germany, resulting in an average of 0.35 goals-per-game while her second season brought a 0.02 improvement to her goals-per-game tally after scoring seven in 19 outings.

Roord’s first season at current club Arsenal saw the player’s attacking talents overshadowed by some of her teammates, most noticeably Vivianne Miedema who is undoubtedly one of the very best natural goalscorers in world football. Roord’s record of one goal in every seven Barclays FA Women’s Super League games accounted for just 5% of Arsenal’s league goals last season. The player will have wanted to improve her attacking game this season and she is now showing some truly deadly traits in the opposition box which could see her hit new goalscoring heights.


Statistics: Women’s Soccerway

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