Arsenal’s duo named WSL September Player and Manager of the Month

Arsenal Manager Jonas Eidevall and forward Beth Mead have won the first FA Women’s Super League Manager and Player of the Month awards of the 2021/22 season. 

Swedish coach Eidevall took over from Joe Montemurro this summer and has had a perfect start to life in England as his side sit top of the WSL with a 100% record after five games. September included a stunning opening day victory over Champions Chelsea, a 4-0 win over Reading and a 5-0 hammering of last season’s runners up Manchester City.

Mead has been instrumental in the Gunners’ early season success, she scored three goals and got three assists in September, including an opening day brace against Chelsea.

Vivian Miedema gave Arsenal the lead but Erin Cuthbert equalised for Chelsea before half time. Mead proved to be the difference between the two sides on the day though, scoring a second half brace as Arsenal won 3-2.

Mead was heavily involved again as Reading were hammered 4-0. Jennifer Beattie opened the scoring before Mead made it 2-0 with her third goal in two games. Miedema then rounded off the win with a brace, both from Mead assists.

The same combination put Arsenal 1-0 up against Man City after ten minutes. Miedema’s fourth goal of the season from Mead’s third assist. Kim Little (2), Katie McCabe and Leah Williamson were also on the scoresheet that day.

Eidevall’s only defeat of the season so far came in Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League. They were beaten 4-0 by the Spanish giants on Matchday One.

They return to Champions League action on tonight (14/10/2021) as they welcome Hoffenheim to Meadow Park. The German’s are the early leaders in Group C after a 5-0 demolition of Champions League first-timers Koge on the opening night of the competition.

The final award of the month, September’s Goal of the Month, was awarded to Chelsea’s Pernille Harder for her brilliant solo effort in Chelsea’s 6-1 win over Manchester United.

Harder displayed her blistering pace, leaving United defenders in her wake before keeping her composure to dink the ball over Mary Earps.

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