‘Everything is possible!' – WSL title up for grabs on final day

Arsenal relishing dramatic end to season after derby victory

Friday, 6th May — By Catherine Etoe

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Beth Mead celebrates her goal against Spurs at the Emirates. Photo: Mark Addison Tweed/Sports Press Photo

“BELIEVE that everything is possible!” declared Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall as he looked forward to a nail-biting climax to the season with the title race set to be decided on the final day.

With a single point all that separates the Gunners from table-topping Chelsea, the FA Women’s Super League crown is the Blues’ to lose at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

Fourth-in-the-table Manchester United stand in the way of a third title on the bounce for the defending champions and their coach, the former Parliament Hill School pupil Emma Hayes.

“We’re praying United have a really good game,” joked Beth Mead after Arsenal brushed aside Tottenham in a feisty north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Eidevall’s side looked at ease on the expansive men’s pitch in front of a raucous crowd of more than 13,000 fans, who were up on their feet within four minutes as Mead netted an early opener.

It was the 26-year-old’s third goal at the Emirates in a season that has seen the women grace the stadium on four occasions.

“I think I’d like this to be our home ground, that’d be great for me,” she quipped when asked about her tally later.

Australia international Caitlin Foord seemed at home in Islington, too, pouncing on a Vivianne Miedema cross to extend Arsenal’s lead in the 70th minute before curling the ball into the top corner to make it 3-0 late on.

With substitute Angela Addison missing a chance to pull a goal back for the visitors from the penalty spot in time added on, the home side could enjoy their lap of honour with a clean sheet come the final whistle.

Now all they can do is strive to overcome mid-table West Ham in Dagenham on Sunday and hope not to look back on January’s 2-0 loss to Birmingham City – their only league defeat so far this term – with too much regret.

“We can only control what we’re doing,” added Mead. “Unfortunately, we let ourselves slip earlier on this year so we put it in Chelsea’s hands, and at the moment they seem to be getting results, which is fair play to them.

“But it is what it is and it’s nice to see the league so competitive and so close this season. It’s what we want in the women’s game and we want this league to keep striving to be better and teams to get closer to each other.”

As for Eidevall, who could end his first season in charge with either a trophy or little more than a second-placed finish on his CV, there is much to relish in this squeakiest of squeaky bum times.

“That’s what we want,” he said. “We want to play games that matter the most. If we don’t bring it to that point, we won’t win any trophies, so that’s always the starting point.

“Play in deciding games, get to those moments and believe that everything is possible.”

Spurs, meanwhile, complete the season at their men’s ground against Leicester City with fifth place in their sights.

“We’ve still got a game left to play,” said head coach Rehanne Skinner.

“And we want to finish on a high at the Hotspur Stadium with our fans.”

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