Arsenal strike late to seal comeback win at Villa


Arsenal sealed a confidence-boosting victory ahead of next week’s League Cup final after a late flurry of goals saw them come from a goal down to secure a 3-1 win at Villa Park.

With the Gunners’ title hopes left in tatters after a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea last time out, Jonas Eidevall’s side were facing another loss at half-time after Ebony Salmon gave Aston Villa a 35th-minute lead.

However, much like in the first half, Arsenal piled the pressure on at the start of the second 45 minutes and were eventually rewarded with an equaliser in the 54th minute when Victoria Pelova converted a rebound after goalkeeper Anna Leat denied Alessia Russo.

Victoria Pelova scored the equaliser for Arsenal against Aston Villa
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Victoria Pelova scored the equaliser for Arsenal against Aston Villa

The Gunners pushed for a winner and it looked like it might never come as Frida Maanum and Russo both struck the woodwork.

However, their dominance was eventually rewarded as Lotte Wubben-Moy’s header (84) and Stina Blackstenius’ late strike (86) sealed a much-needed victory for Arsenal ahead of next week’s League Cup final against Chelsea.

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Analysis: ‘Massive win for Arsenal’

Sky Sports’ Izzy Christiansen:

“That is a massive win for Arsenal. After going in behind at half-time and the defeat to Chelsea last weekend, to be going into next weekend’s cup final with that feeling they will have in that huddle right now, that winning feeling which they needed.

“They now have a really enthusiastic squad going into a cup final, places up for grabs in the team, you need to have a good week’s training to prepare for that game.

“So yes leaving with three points was the number-one priority for Arsenal, they have got that, but they had to work hard for it.”

The goals…

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Ebony Salmon gives Aston Villa the lead against Arsenal in their WSL clash.

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Victoria Pelova equalises for Arsenal in their WSL clash with Aston Villa.

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Lotte Wubben-Moy scores in the 84th minute to complete the comeback for Arsenal.

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Stina Blackstenius scores Arsenals third goal to secure the win for Arsenal against Aston Villa in the WSL

What’s next?

Aston Villa are next in action when they host Leicester in the WSL on Saturday; kick-off 12.30pm. Villa then travel to Chelsea on Sunday April 21; kick-off 2pm.

Arsenal’s next game is against Chelsea in the League Cup final at Molineux on Sunday; kick-off 3pm.

The Gunners then host Leicester in the WSL on Sunday April 21; kick-off 2pm.



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