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Conti Cup Analysis: Far From a Classic

The Continental Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane was far from a classic, with both sides somewhat failing to act out their game plan to full effect as a lack of meaningful chances or quality attacking play saw the final go to penalties for the first time.
Danielle van de Donk playing for Arsenal (Photo courtesy of David Price of Arsenal Media).

Daniëlle van de Donk Was “a bit lost” at Arsenal before Joe Montemurro’s Arrival

Arsenal midfielder Daniëlle van de Donk admits she felt “lost” and wasn’t enjoying her football before new manager Joe Montemurro arrived just over 12 months ago. It’s little more than 12 months since the Australian took charge of his first Arsenal game and his arrival has sparked an upturn in form in both the team and the Dutch star.
Crawley Wasps team (Crawley Wasps).

Crawley Wasps Prepare for Their Big Day Out against Arsenal

From Wimbledon beating Liverpool to Hereford beating Newcastle to Bradford beating Chelsea, there’s nothing quite like a David versus Goliath. The Women’s FA Cup has had its fair share of romance, too, and this weekend sees fourth-tier Crawley Wasps face 14-time winners Arsenal. An Arsenal that has record-breaking Vivianne Miedema, the world-class Kim Little, the composed young defender Leah Williamson, and a host of internationals and top young talents to boot. The Wasps were formed 27 years ago and have only ever been a women’s football club. It’s a name which the locals hold dear, a brand which has become synonymous with the side, noticeable in their black-and-yellow striped shirts. Last year they were as low as the fifth tier of English football before earning promotion and the side has a good chance of back-to-back promotions, largely thanks to the efforts of committed manager/chairman Paul Walker.