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Arsenal reign in North London as Spurs hammer away

Republic of Ireland female captain Katie McCabe played the full 90 minutes as her side Arsenal secured two wins from two in the Women’s Super League with a 4-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham.

The match was played in front of a crowd of 47,367 in the Emirates, a new WSL attendance record.

Beth Mead and Rafaelle Souza both scored, while Vivianne Miedema netted a brace to open her account for the season in a dominating Gunners display.

Arsenal were straight out of the blocks and came close to a game opener minutes into the game when Lia Walti picked out an unmarked Mead in the middle of the area but his shot was deflected.

Mead was right with her next opportunity. After finding space down the left, her attempted cross was sent straight back at her and the England star curled an effort into the far corner to put the Gunners ahead four minutes later.

Spurs had their first shot of the game seven minutes before the break. They were advancing down the right and an opportunity opened up for Celin Bizet Ildhusoy, but Manuela Zinsberger made a comfortable save.

The Gunners’ dominance was rewarded in the 43rd minute when Caitlin Foord capitalized on a poor touch from Eveliina Summanen and squared the ball to Miedema, who slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Their charge continued after the break and Souza added the third in the 54th minute, dominating his marker from a corner to head for the top corner.

Arsenal extended their lead from another corner 15 minutes later. A short ball was played to Foord, who whipped a cross to Miedema and the Dutch striker headed the ball home for her second of the afternoon.

In a rare forward foray, the visitors were awarded a corner but the resulting shot flew wide. Minutes later, Ashleigh Neville hit a threatening cross into the area but Ramona Petzelberger couldn’t get her head in as Arsenal denied Spurs a consolation.

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