Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Date: 18th May 2024 at 11:39am
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Ahead of today’s match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion in the Women’s Super League, I asked Duncan from SheGulls.com a few questions! Today’s match is at Meadow Park with a kick-off time of 15:00, and the referee is Lauren Impey.

How long have you supported Brighton & Hove Albion Women?

I have been a follower of Women’s football since 2019 and became a BHA Women’s season ticket holder in 2022. I was born in Brighton and have supported the Men’s team all my life.

What were your hopes and expectations for the 2023/24 season?

Improvement on 11th place last year. Not to be fighting relegation all season, which I’d argue we’ve achieved. Growth in the quality of football – which I do think has got better, but is still not where it needs to be.

What are your views on your manager?

I think Mikey has done a fine job since he stepped in as interim head coach. We are playing to a particular ‘Brighton’ ethos, but that is taking time to develop and can frustrate the fans at times. I do think he could develop into an excellent WSL coach, but I’m not convinced as quickly as perhaps the club may want him to, so I wouldn’t rule out an established manager/coach coming in during the summer. Either way, there are pros and cons.

One(s) to watch now and in the future?

I would say Elisabeth Terland, though with her contract expiring she may not be with the club too much longer! 13 goals for a team that has been bottom-half all season speaks for itself. Maisie Symonds would be the other one, already the engine of our midfield and an established pro at 21 years of age.

Random fact about your Club?

Angie Banks (now Taylor-Banks) started her career at the club when it was known as Brighton GPO. Angie is one of only (I believe) nine players to score 100 goals for Arsenal Women – the most recent (I believe) being Vivianne Miedema. Seemed appropriate in this case.

Which were your favourite and least favourite matches involving Brighton & Hove Albion Women?

Least favourite is easy, we lost 8-0 to Spurs at home in 22/23 – the game that did for Hope Powell as manager. Just an absolute drubbing from start to finish. My Favourite is probably the home win (our only win at the Broadfield this season) against Bristol City. That was a real relegation six-pointer at the time and to win it with a Terland volley five minutes into injury time was just absolute scenes.

What are your thoughts on Arsenal?

I like Arsenal a lot, I think they are at the pinnacle of the women’s game and everyone else can and should learn a lot of lessons from how the organisation is run. Unfortunately a couple of key losses at crucial times derailed this season somewhat, but it’s incredibly tough in and amongst those top three/four teams now. I have no doubt they’ll be in the hunt for the WSL title and both domestic cups next year.

What is your prediction for this match?

With almost nothing on the line, I don’t see this being a barnburner unfortunately, which is a bit of a shame as we’re bringing a pretty large away support (for us) of around 250-300. I expect Arsenal to win relatively comfortably, but I do think we could nick a goal so I’ll say Arsenal 3-1 Brighton.

 

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