Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
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Event2020–21 FA WSL
DateSunday 18 October 2020
VenueMeadow Park, Borehamwood
Man of the MatchVivianne Miedema
RefereeAbigail Byrne
Weather12 °C (54 °F)
Arsenal - TBA
Tottenham - TBA
Arsenal - TBA
Tottenham - TBA

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur was a match which took place at the Meadow Park on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Vivianne Miedema became the first player to reach 50 Women's Super League goals as Arsenal thrashed Tottenham.

Needing one goal to eclipse Nikita Parris' all-time WSL record of 49, Miedema claimed a first-half hat-trick, with Katie McCabe and Caitlin Foord also on target before the break.

Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger saved Rianna Dean's second-half penalty before Foord grabbed her second.

Lucia Leon headed in a consolation, but Arsenal made it five wins from five.

Miedema made her piece of history with a low finish from a tight angle after McCabe had given the hosts an early lead with a brilliant curling free-kick.

The game was as good as over inside 15 minutes when the Spurs defence failed to deal with a long ball and Foord ran on to slot past keeper Becky Spencer.

A quickfire double from Miedema put the hosts out of sight by half-time, the first via a deflection from an acute angle before the Dutch international combined with Foord to tap in her 12th goal in her past six WSL games.

The visitors had a chance to restore some pride after the break when McCabe brought down Leon, but Zinsberger kept out Dean's spot-kick.

Foord rubbed salt in the wound via a deflected sixth - Arsenal's 29th league goal in five games this term - but Spurs had the final word thanks to Leon's bullet header.

The win sent Arsenal two points clear at the top after Everton were held to a draw by Brighton.

While strikers are often placed in the elite category if they manage a ratio of a goal every two games, Miedema has a staggering WSL average of better than a goal a game, netting 52 times in just 50 appearances for the Gunners.

After topping the WSL scoring charts for the past two campaigns, the 24-year-old has been in blistering form in 2020, netting in each of her past six WSL fixtures.

Modelling her game on prolific Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie when growing up, Miedema made her senior debut for Heerenveen aged just 15, and top-scored in the Dutch women's league in 2013-14 with 39 goals.

She top-scored at the Uefa Women's Under-19s Championship that summer as the Netherlands took the title, and was snapped up by Bayern Munich where she won two Bundesliga winner's medals.

On the senior international stage, Miedema bagged eight goals at the Women's European Championships in 2017, helping the Dutch women to their first major silverware before swapping Germany for north London that summer.



18 October 2020
14:30 GMT
Arsenal Arsenal FC.png 6–1 Tottenham Hotspur.png Tottenham Meadow Park, Borehamwood
Attendance: 0
Referee: Abigail Byrne
McCabe Goal 4'64'
Miedema Goal 7'36'41'
Foord Goal 15'
Leon Goal 77'
Tottenham Hotspur
01 Manuela Zinsberger
22 Viktoria Schnaderbeck
06 Leah Williamson
05 Jennifer Beattie
15 Katie McCabe Booked
21 Malin Gut
13 Lia Wälti
07 Daniëlle van de Donk Substituted off in the 77th minute 77'
09 Beth Mead
11 Vivianne Miedema Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
19 Caitlin Foord Substituted off in the 90+1th minute 90+1'
03 Lotte Wubben-Moy Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
18 Lydia Williams
30 Ruby Mace Substituted on in the 77th minute 77'
31 Anouk Denton Substituted on in the 90+1th minute 90+1'
Flag of Australia Joe Montemurro
22 Becky Spencer
12 Ria Percival Booked
05 Kerys Harrop Booked
03 Shelina Zadorsky
18 Alanna Kennedy Substituted off in the 90+1th minute 90+1'
29 Ashleigh Neville
06 Anna Filbey Substituted off in the 57th minute 57'
07 Gemma Davison Substituted off in the 38th minute 38'
19 Lucy Quinn Substituted off in the 38th minute 38'
14 Angela Addison
09 Rianna Dean Booked
02 Lucia Leon Substituted on in the 38th minute 38'
04 Josie Green
10 Rachel Williams
15 Siri Worm Substituted on in the 57th minute 57'
23 Rosella Ayane Substituted on in the 38th minute 38'
24 Sophie Whitehouse
33 Elisha Sulola Substituted on in the 90+1th minute 90+1'
Flag of England Karen Hills

Match Stats

Overall Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur
Goals scored 6 1
Total shots 14 9
Shots on target 10 3
Ball possession 69% 31%
Corner kicks 5 3
Fouls committed 6 16

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