FAWSL 2019/20: Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Arsenal Women – tactical analysis

Tottenham Hotspur Women hosted Arsenal Women during this Women’s Football Weekend. This match represented the first North London Derby in the FAWSL and produced a record crowd of 38,262. In this tactical analysis, we will take a look at how Arsenal Women ground out the three points to keep pace with Chelsea Women and Manchester City Women.

Spurs set up to frustrate Arsenal for large periods of this match. Their tactics worked almost to perfection in the first half and were unlucky not to find a goal for their efforts. However, Arsenal Women responded well in the second half and were deserving of the three points on the day. In this analysis, we will look at this set-up by Spurs and the adjustments Arsenal made in response.

Lineups

Arsenal (4-3-3): Manuela Zinsberger; Katie McCabe, Leah Williamson, Jennifer Beattie, Lisa Evans; Lia Walti, Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs; Bethany Mead, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle Van de Donk

There were no surprises from Joe Montemurro in this weekend’s clash. The Arsenal Women boss continued with the same side that beat Manchester City Women 1-0 before the international break. With all of his stars returning to the pitch in recent weeks, the goal is now to get them all in-sync with each other before the business end of the season comes around.

Tottenham Hotspur Women (4-4-2): Rebecca Spencer; Siri Worm, Anna Filbey, Hannah Godfrey, Ashleigh Neville; Josie Green, Rachel Furness, Chloe Peplow, Ria Percival; Kit Graham, Rianna Dean 

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