WSL: Chelsea back on top after Vivianne Miedema scores twice in Arsenal’s big win over Leicester


Ivianne Miedema scored a second-half brace as Arsenal edged past Leicester 5-0 to briefly top the Women’s Super League.

Beth Mead gave the Gunners an early lead at the King Power within two minutes, but Leicester then held on until midway through the second half. Arsenal then went wild, with striker Miedema scoring twice within two minutes.

An own goal from Ashleigh Plumptre made it four, before Tobin Heath completed the scoring shortly after coming off the bench. The victory was a positive result for Arsenal as they bounced back from the Champions League disappointment after Wolfsburg knocked them out in midweek.

It lifted the Gunners two points above Chelsea, but Emma Hayes’ side are one game short and face Reading later on Sunday.

“It doesn’t matter at all what Chelsea do,” Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall told BBC Sport.

“We can prepare for the games we play, we can control our own performance. I’m just as motivated if we’re leading right now or if we’re number two.

“We have to keep believing, keep preparing, keep performing and who knows where it will take us in the end. But we can only do what we can do.

Earlier in the afternoon, Leah Galton scored the game’s only goal as Manchester United beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 to reopen a three-point cushion over fourth-placed Manchester City who beat West Ham United 2 -0 on Saturday.

Tottenham’s Champions League hopes were hit hard when they were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa, with Ramona Petzelberger scoring the winner in the 87th minute. They are now ten points behind United in third place, but are two games behind.

Birmingham City bottom side battled to a scoreless draw with Everton on Friday. Trailing Leicester by seven points, they look almost certain to be relegated.

Later on Saturday, Chelsea beat Reading 5-0 after braces from Sam Kerr and Beth England to return to the top.

Additional Reuters reporting.

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