Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro was left purring with his side’s attacking display after they ran out 3-0 winners in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
Goals from Caitlin Foord and Vivianne Miedema put the Gunners into the ascendancy before the break at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, before Katie McCabe rounded off the scoring on the hour mark.
Victory for Arsenal sees them stay within three points of third-placed Manchester United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, after the Red Devils saw off West Ham earlier in the day.
Montemurro was delighted with what he saw as his side put their local rivals to the sword in their own back yard.
“You always want to win these games by as many goals as possible and we probably scored the more difficult goals than the easy ones today,” Montemurro said.
“The most important thing for us is that we are getting into these positions where we create these opportunities and we are doing it our way with game control and today was a great example of that.”
The Gunners dominated much of the early proceedings at the home of their local rivals, with Danielle van de Donk and Miedema both having attempts on goal.
It was Foord who opened the scoring midway through the first period, as she fired past Becky Spencer after a neat one-two with Noelle Maritz in the penalty area.
Miedema made it two ten minutes later with a typically outstanding volley from a McCabe corner, with the Dutch star’s first-time effort arrowing into the net.
McCabe turned from provider to scorer after the interval, as she caught the hosts out at the back before running through on goal to convert and wrap up the win.
With the race for the Champions League places likely to go down to the wire with Arsenal three points behind the Red Devils with a game in hand, Montemurro knows the bar has been set for his side as they head into the business end of the season.
“We can’t rely on other results and so on – we just have to worry about what we are doing and our week-to-week process, keeping things at this level and things will fall into pace for us,” he said.
“We have high standards and we were playing well in September, October and November also but there is a lot of joy in the way we are playing and it’s great to be smiling again.”
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