Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro says that his side are now ‘in control of their own destiny’ as they look to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Goals from Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little saw Arsenal defeat West Ham United 2-0 at Meadow Park last night and move three points clear of Manchester United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table in the final UEFA Women’s Champions League spot.
Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Montemurro said “We’re in a good position and as I’ve said all along, we’re in control of our destiny now and nobody can take that away from us, so it’s purely up to us now.
“From a mathematical prospective, it’s one win out of the next two games, which should be enough.
“We want to keep going in the manner that we are playing our football and being clinical in-front of goal.”
Arsenal’s win over The Hammers is their seventh straight victory in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League while they have kept eight clean sheets in a row in all competitions. Montemurro is happy with the defensive displays that his side are showing at such a crucial point in the season.
He added “It’s pleasing because it’s in the manner that we do it, it’s not as if we give away many opportunities. Going back three or four games, I can’t recall teams trying to open us up.
“Just as much credit that the back-four and the goalkeeper get, it also has to go to the group as a collective. The work-rate and balance of our midfielders and the positioning of our forward three and four is also very important to us, so it’s a collective and I’m proud of this collective to achieve this.”
Striker Vivianne Miedema scored her 18th Barclays FA Women’s Super League goal of the season and Montemurro was happy with his star player’s display for the full 90 minutes.
He added “I think her footballing qualities and her accolades speak for themselves.
“I’ve said this from day one, Viv (Miedema) gets the rewards for the work that she does but also look at the work-rate and teamwork that she did today.
“She was backing off and finding good positions when she needed to defend and she was positioning herself well in transition when we were winning possession as we worked on in the week.
“Her selfless nature is important and that’s what I love about her.”
Arsenal will now travel to Walton Hall Park to take on Everton on Sunday before hosting Aston Villa on the final day of the season.