Tottenham’s winless streak stretched to seven Women’s Super League matches after a 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal. Caitlin Foord, Vivianne Miedema and Katie McCabe were on target for the Gunners in the north London derby.
The visitors could have been ahead early on after Jordan Nobbs’s two long-range efforts forced Rebecca Spencer into making good saves.
The Gunners made the breakthrough, however, after 25 minutes when Foord combined with Noëlle Maritz on the right-hand side before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Arsenal doubled their advantage in the 34th minute after a Miedema wonder-strike, with the Dutch international volleying home a McCabe corner.
Arsenal completed the scoring in the 60th minute after McCabe pounced on a defensive error before calmly rolling the ball into the back of the net.
Joe Montemurro says Arsenal are focusing on themselves as they look to secure a spot in the top three this season, as they sit three points behind Manchester United in third.
“We were playing great football in September, October and November but we’re definitely finding good rhythm now,” Montemurro said. “We can’t rely on other results and the possibilities of other teams, we just have to worry about what we’re doing. We just have to follow our week by week processes and hopefully things will fall into place for us.”
Spurs boss Rehanne Skinner said her side did not do enough in the opening 45 minutes, and that’s what caused their downfall. “To be honest, we were maybe a bit tentative in the first half. We could’ve been a bit more forceful in putting Arsenal under pressure,” she said. “We definitely grew into the game which is positive, we pushed higher up the half and that created some good opportunities for us. But by the time we created these opportunities, we were probably in a position where we couldn’t get back into the game.”