Arsenal 4 Brighton 0: Little and Mead on target as Gunners lay down a gauntlet for WSL title rivals

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EUROS heroine Beth Mead picked up proper the place she left off with a lethal double as Arsenal received off to a WSL flier.

And a large end from Kim Little gave the Gunners the proper begin as they trounced ten-player Brighton 4-0.

Beth Mead scored her first brace of the new WSL season


Beth Mead scored her first brace of the brand new WSL seasonCredit: Getty
Kim Little was on target with the first top-flight goal of this term as Arsenal knocked four past Brighton


Kim Little was on target with the primary top-flight objective of this time period as Arsenal knocked 4 previous BrightonCredit: Reuters

Forward Mead was the highest scorer throughout the Women’s Euros this summer season as England famously lifted the trophy.

And regardless of netting twice throughout a crushing win over Albion, perfectionist Mead hoped to bag extra objectives.

The Arsenal ace instructed Sky Sports: “I’m dissatisfied with a few of my possibilities. I ought to have scored extra, and we may have put a few extra away as a group.

“But 4 objectives and three factors is what we needed.

“We’ve set our requirements now and we have to preserve setting them larger.”

Kim Little received the Gunners up and running at a sold-out Meadow Park with the opener on 28 minutes and Stina Blackstenius’ thunderbolt made it 2-0 5 minutes after the break.

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The Seagulls battled to stem the hosts’ urgent and photographs on objective following Emma Kullberg’s seventh-minute sending-off.

She noticed purple for bringing down Blackstenius when by on objective.

Mead quickly received in on the act as Arsenal despatched out a Women’s Super League title warning on the opening evening of the season.

And scorer Little reckons her three-month stint on mortgage at OL Reign in America’s top-tier has helped preserve her razor-sharp.

The Scottish midfielder stated: “I performed six video games out in America, so I used to be in a position to get that (health) in me earlier than coming into the season right here within the WSL.

“It has helped me as a result of it was a lengthy low season of just about 4 months from our final recreation towards West Ham.


“It positively put me in good stead to begin the season right here.”

Hope Powell, whose aspect completed seventh final time period, gave a debut to Albion summer season signing Elisabeth Terland.

But Kullberg’s purple gave them a mountain to climb. Of the choice, Seagulls chief Powell stated: “I assumed it was offside at first and an accident. I used to be stunned however I should watch it once more.”

The guests defended bravely with Victoria Williams producing a well-timed block to cease Vivianne Miedema’s shot.

Brighton’s forays ahead have been few throughout the match.   

Emma Kullberg was sent off in the fifth minute following a foul on Stina Blackstenius


Emma Kullberg was despatched off within the fifth minute following a foul on Stina BlacksteniusCredit: Alamy

But once they did get ahead, they seemed harmful with new Seagull Terland firing huge of the far post moments earlier than Little’s opener

But the guests’ resistance was finally damaged when Little walloped an effort into the underside nook.

The hosts nearly doubled their lead within the thirty second minute with Blackstenius hitting the bar earlier than Megan Walsh denied Miedema.

The second half noticed Brighton try to battle again with Powell shuffling her deck with Katie Robinson coming on for Libby Bance.

And the midfielder fired a harmful effort throughout the face of the objective within the forty ninth minute forcing keeper Manuela Zinsberger into motion.

Arsenal will host Tottenham at the Emirates next in the WSL while Brighton will play Reading at home


Arsenal will host Tottenham on the Emirates subsequent within the WSL whereas Brighton will play Reading at dwellingCredit: Getty

Moments later, Arsenal doubled their lead with Blackstenius smashing the ball excessive into the web earlier than Mead made it 3-0 on 63 minutes.

Jordan Nobbs hit the woodwork late on, then Mead bagged objective quantity 4.

The in-form ahead skipped previous her marker to register a double as the Gunners sealed a formidable win earlier than their conflict with Ajax and an Emirates derby duel with Spurs.

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