Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro Reading Women v Arsenal Women, WSL football match, Adams Park Stadium, High Wycombe, UK - 08 Dec 2019 Photo: Alan Walter for The FA

Arsenal boss Montemurro hails intelligent positional play of full-back following victory at Spurs

Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro hailed the intelligent and calculated positional play of full-back Katie McCabe after watching his side defeat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the North London derby this afternoon.

The Republic of Ireland international scored one goal and created another as The Gunners made relatively easy work of their North London rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

McCabe leads the way in terms of Barclays FA Women’s Super League assists this season with 11 and after the derby against Spurs, her coach praised the way in which she has improved her positional play this season.

“I think she is becoming more intelligent in her movements,” Arsenal head coach Montemurro said in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “She is getting into better positions more consistently and getting into better positions to really hurt teams.

“Last year was a little bit more random, this year is more calculated and more structured in terms of the positions that she is taking up where she can really hurt players.

“A lot of the stuff that she is doing nowadays in terms of full-back is coming inside quite a lot, becoming a second midfielder with our number six or actually staying a little bit higher and that is very, very hard to mark.

“Her positioning is a lot more intelligent which makes her more consistent in receiving the ball in better areas.”

Arsenal converted just three of their 26 shots on the Spurs goal and while the opportunities were there to win the game by a greater margin, Montemurro was simply pleased with the way in which his side got into the right positions in the final third.

Commenting on his side’s attacking performance, Montemurro said “You always want to win by more, you always want to win by as many as you can.

“We probably scored the more difficult goals than the easy ones today but the important thing for us is that we are getting into those positions where we are creating opportunities and doing it our way with our control.

“Today was a really good example of that.”

Arsenal continue to trail third-placed side Manchester United by three points in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table but they do hold a game in hand on The Red Devils and have a much superior goal difference. The Gunners travel to Bristol City for their next Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture next weekend.

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