Mesut Ozil delirium continues as leaders Arsenal close in on title after 9 straight wins

The mood is palpably different in Gooner world
within the span of a week. Even though things were on the definite upswing
following three wins and Champions League group stages qualification, it cannot
compare with the giddiness of a North London Derby win and the arrival of Mesut
Özil.

All the while,
the Arsenal Ladies have been doing their part to add some more happiness to
make it eight consecutive wins in the league and nine consecutive wins in all
competitions.

A hard-fought 1-0
away at Chelsea
and an easier 3-1
home victory against the Doncaster Belles

(Here
is a highlights video from that win) maintains their pole position for the
title race with only four games to go in the Women’s Super League. Shelley Kerr’s
side still have a game in hand over leaders Liverpool with a difference of two
points. This effectively means that as long as Arsenal Ladies win the remainder
of their games, they will win the Women’s Super League 2013. Tonight they host
the Lincoln Ladies at Meadow Park with a 7.45pm kick-off. The last three games
are versus Bristol Academy (home), Everton Ladies (away) and Birmingham City
Ladies (home) before their FA WSL Continental Cup final on October 4, 2013
against the Lincoln Ladies.

Consistency,
keeping calm and performing well under pressure are things Arsenal Ladies have
always been good at and this season isn’t any different as they face the final
sprint. The manager is very clear about their priorities and admits that though
it will be a very tough ask (four games in 11 days), the team are in the right
frame of mind and focused on giving their all one match at a time. 

We’re still not
getting carried away. What we say to the girls is that we’ll look at each game
at a time. The focus is always on the next game and trying to get three points
from the next game. That’s all we’re doing. The girls’ energy levels are quite
incredible. I think they’ve all done exceptionally well. The big thing is there
is lots of competition there and I think they all thrive on that. There’s a
right togetherness about them as well. They are fit, sharp and we will try to
utilise the players as best as we can to keep that freshness going into each
game. We know every match will be hard for us.

Everyone at
Gunners Town would like to wish Kerr and the team all the best as they bid for
a 3rd straight WSL title and a win in the Continental Cup final,
making it three trophies out of four competitions this season.

Prior to the
Bristol Academy home game on Sunday, September 8, Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal
Soccer Schools are collaborating on a skills workshop at Boreham Wood FC. It is
an event for boys and girls of all abilities from the ages of 6-12 years old
and will be run from 11.30am to 1.30pm. All participants will be able to attend
the Arsenal Ladies match on that day for free with an accompanied paying adult.
Read this
link to find out any more information for those interested. It is commendable
that the club have been and continue to be involved with such activities and
interaction with the local community to encourage more participation and
interest from young boys and girls in different sports, not just football. The Get
Sporty Day
from August 17 earlier
this year is another example of this.

And finally,
here is another opportunity for us to show our support to the Ladies – by
buying some of their merchandise, just as we continue to do eagerly for the
men’s team. Just follow this
link for more information.

After the longer
pieces of the last two weeks, I wanted this to be a short column as everyone
recuperates from transfer deadline day. Stay safe and keep sane, Gooners!

Clear Eyes. Full
Hearts. Can’t Lose.

Anushree Nande


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