Arsenal Ladies: An Update on Events in Europe and the League

Mary O'SheaSenior Writer INovember 9, 2008

Although things are hectic for the men's team lately, it has been pretty quiet on the pitch for the Arsenal Ladies.

Since the last time I reported on the Ladies team, they have played no league matches and just one in the UEFA Cup.

As noted, the Arsenal Ladies are unbeaten in the league this season with eight wins from eight and lying in third place behind Everton and Chelsea who have one and two games more played than the Gooners respectively.

In fact, on October 19th Arsenal Ladies defeated Leeds Carnegie 4-0 to go 100 games unbeaten in the League. The last time they lost a match was on the 16th October 2003—almost five years to the day—against Charlton, who beat the Gunners 2-1.

Over the 100 games, the Arsenal Ladies have won 94 games, drawn 6, scored a massive  431 goals and conceded 72. A pretty impressive record, I'm sure you'd agree.

As England's representatives in the Ladies UEFA Cup, Arsenal are through to the quarterfinals where they play Swedish giants Umea Ik.

Umea Ik must have revenge on their mind as they went down to the all-conquering Arsenal Ladies in the UEFA Cup Final in 2007.

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The first leg was played at Boreham Wood on Thursday night last, November 6th, ending in a 3-2 win for Arsenal.

Arsenal went ahead in the second minute through Jayne Ludlow, but things were all square at half-time following a equaliser from Mami Yamaguchi.

The visitors went ahead in the 70th minute through Frida Ostberg. However, the lead was short lived as the Gunners drew level on the 77th minute and then went ahead in the 80th minute. The goals came from Julie Fleeting and Kim Little respectively.

So things are tight going into the second leg in Sweden, with the smallest of margins between the teams.

Umea are a team of high calibre and will hope to get the full ninety minutes out of star player Marta in the return leg. The Brazilian superstar was on the bench for most of the first leg as she recovers from a hip injury. A fully fit Marta could mean trouble for the Gunners.

The second leg takes place in Umea, Sweden on Wednesday 12th November at 7 p.m.

It is also not surprising to report that the Arsenal Ladies Reserve side are also top of their table with five wins, two draws, and no defeats.

P.S. Arsenal defeated Leicester last evening, 9th November, in the League Cup by a scoreline of 7-0 and are now through to the League Cup semi-final. Goals: Yankey, Smith, Fleeting (hat-trick), Impey (OG), Grant.

There's just no stopping the Arsenal Ladies!!