Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor during the warm up Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women Womens Community Shield football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 29 Aug 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester City head coach Taylor set to welcome back trio for Arsenal test

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor has confirmed that Esme Morgan, Jess Park and Janine Beckie should all be available for selection this weekend as his side prepare for the trip to Barclays FA Women’s Super League title rivals Arsenal.

The trio were all involved in City’s last away fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion a fortnight ago but were notable absentees from the squad which took on West Ham United at The Academy Stadium last weekend.

Speaking in City’s pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Arsenal, Taylor said that there was some good news on the injury front with Morgan, Park and Beckie all likely to be fit while a couple more players could yet be made available.

“There will be players missing but the good news is that we are looking like we are gaining a couple of players back” said Taylor.

“The likes of Janine, Esme and Jess Park should be available, so that’s helped us in terms of looking a bit better in terms of numbers.

“Sam (Mewis) and Demi (Stokes), we will see. We have got another day tomorrow in preparation so that’ll be close but the important thing is that if they are not available for the game on Sunday, we get them ready for the next available game.”

Fixtures between Arsenal and City have been dominated by the home side in recent seasons. Neither side have collected a point from the away fixture since City won 3-2 at Meadow Park in the 2015 FA Women’s Super League 1 season. City will therefore need to rewrite history this weekend and to do that, head coach Taylor is hoping for a strong start from his side.

“I think staying in the game early on is important” said Taylor. “I think this team has shown real resilience.

“If you think back to that game at home, we conceded after five minutes and showed real resilience to get back into the game.

“Managing the game in the early parts and early exchanges is important because they have the familiarity of being at home. Even though they haven’t played much at home for a while, you definitely gain an advantage from being on your home turf.

“We need to go there with a different type of mentality which we have done quite well with in away games.”

Manchester City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Arsenal at Meadow Park will kick-off at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.

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