Arsenal Women take European loss on home turf

Arsenal's hopes for European glory dashed again...

Varsha Jayaprasad
20th May 2023
Image: Twitter @FanzineWSL
The Arsenal women’s team took a tough blow the past week at the Emirates Stadium at the semi-final for the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2022-23 season.

The game that was held on May 1st, at the Emirates stadium in London against Vfl Wolfsburg. The match saw a stellar attendance of over 60,000 audience members in the crowd. There was a total of 63,063 fans present in the stadium for the semi-final. This accounts to a record breaker for the highest figure for a Women’s Champions League game in the UK. The last time a record-breaking number was noted was set my Arsenal last month during the quarter-final against Bayern Munich which saw a total of 21,307 fans. The game was stretched out for almost 120 minutes with the German team winning the final goal of the game. This indeed served as a shame for the Arsenal women’s team and takes them out of the run to the final.

The game had the first Arsenal goal at 11 minutes which was scored by Stina Blackstenius and then followed by Jill Roord scoring the first goal for Vfl Wolfsburg at 41 minutes. By the time the 90 main minutes of the game was up, both the teams were at a draw with two goals each. Extra time was granted and the second half of the extra time was when the Arsenal women’s team faced its unfortunate fate. Lotte Wubben-Moy from Arsenal had the ball taken from her at the 119th minute and then passed on to Pauline Bremer who kicked the winning goal from Vfl Wolfsburg. This gives Wolfsburg the push to the final where they wil face Barcelona on June 3rd.

However, this counts to a heartbreaking loss for Arsenal and a painful mistake for Lotte Wubben-Moy whilst in their home stadium. Jonas Eidevall, the Arsenal manager talks about Wuben-Moy “Mistakes happen in football. We win as a team, we lose as a team. We’re there for each other. It’s inevitable that it happens. It’s part of the game. She was absolutely fantastic. We are there for each other both when we have success and when there’s pain.”

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AUTHOR: Varsha Jayaprasad
Hi! I'm Varsha. I am an M.A. Media and Journalism Student at Newcastle University. I enjoy writing for the courier and I wish to be a full-fledged journalist in the future

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