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.

More to follow…

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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