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Ruthless Arsenal beat Reading in WSL


Arsenal’s impressive start under new head coach Jonas Eidevall continued as they ruthlessly dispatched Reading in the Women’s Super League.

The Gunners, who opened their domestic campaign with victory over defending champions Chelsea, scored three times in the space of 15 first-half minutes.

Jennifer Beattie headed the first at the Madejski Stadium before Beth Mead made it 2-0 with an instinctive finish.

Vivianne Miedema added the third before heading the fourth.

Miedema is in scintillating form.

Having made it to 100 Arsenal goals thanks to a hat-trick on Thursday in a Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague, the Netherlands forward added a further two to take her WSL tally to three goals in two games this season.

The scoreline suggests that the Gunners, who are thriving under Eidevall, put in a dominant performance.

Arsenal enters the international break with a lot of confidence after Mead finished a largely one-sided game with two assists and one goal.

Reading were not helped by some poor defending, but they were dealt a blow before the game when experienced keeper Grace Moloney was injured in warm-up.

Rhiannon Stewart made her WSL debut and was forced to make a save after only 17 seconds as Arsenal quickly took control.

Royals manager Kelly Chambers will be encouraged by the way her team fought back in the second half, but it is two defeats in two games, with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur on September 26 up next.

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