Gunners welcome delayed Villa test

Thursday, 25th February 2021 — By Catherine Etoe

Joe Montemurro

Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro

AFTER two postponements in 2021, Arsenal should finally get to face Aston Villa on Sunday in the FA Women’s Super League.

It will be only the Gunners’ fourth outing this year, but Joe Montemurro’s players have tasted competitive action in the past week.

On Tuesday, former Stoke Newington School sixth-former Lotte Wubben-Moy was handed a first England cap in a friendly against Northern Ireland at St George’s Park, replacing fellow Gunner Leah Williamson for the last 15 minutes of a 6-0 victory.

Jordan Nobbs, working her way back after a quad injury, was given a first-half runout by interim England manager Hege Riise. “That was planned because, coming in, she didn’t have many games,” Riise said.

It was a week of differing fortunes for Arsenal’s Scotland contingent in their double-header of Euro qualification matches in Larnaca.

Defender Jen Beattie and winger Lisa Evans watched from the bench as minnows Cyprus were thumped 10-0 on Friday. The Arsenal duo played a full 90 minutes against Portugal on Tuesday as the Scots lost 2-0.

Jill Roord, Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk were all on target for the Netherlands in a 6-2 win over Belgium in the Three Nations, One Goal Cup last week.

• Tottenham are back in WSL action this Sunday when they host Everton. Both Arsenal and Spurs matches will be live on The FA Player.

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