Accepting my anointed ceremonial duty to start this thread, and to paraphrase what Tim Stillman used to say: the best BS thread dedicated to Arsenal Women, because it’s the only BS thread dedicated to Arsenal Women. I type this as I just caught parts of AWFC beating up 9-1! on a hapless Zurich in the WUCL. Or at least a very hapless keeper who we ruthlessly targeted from long range. And with that we clinch 1st place in the group, and go into the QF’s as a top seed. With our 2 most dangerous strike threats (Mead & Miedema) having done their ACL’s in recent weeks, it was really great to see the other players set up, especially Maanum who was on fire with a hattie, and also Blackstenius and Foord with braces. AND so glad to see co-captain Little return after a long-term MCL injury, to bag a PK. (I’ve heard it said that female physiology is more prone to cruciate injuries) Anyway, we now have a welcome break of nearly 4 weeks until we host Chelsea in the WSL on Jan 15. Chelsea who pipped us by a solitary point LAST season when we looked like we were on our way to win it all. Nevermind, we started THIS season on fire again, leading for the first 7 or so games. Until United & Chelsea came up the table to match us, and in Chelsea’s case just surpass us. Our current side is very good, unified, and well managed by Eidevall. But with our latest losses of arguably the 2 most important offensive talismans, if we’re gonna end the season competing for these 2 trophies, it’s gonna take some creativity, some serious stepping up by others, and some good luck. All aboard!