And finally, here’s our report. Thanks all for your company – enjoy the rest of the weekend. Ta-ra.
Consider the cat pigeoned. Bobby Decordova-Reid has given Fulham the lead against Liverpool.
Back to the WSL, the second half of the season should be absolutely brilliant, with four teams chasing the title. I think United might’ve thought that their chance would come next season – I’m almost certain the teams behind them did – but from here, they’ll be going all-out for it. They and Chelsea look the two best sides, but chances are the champions will be the team who fare best in the head-to-heads, and there’s nowhere near enough between them teams to be certain about who that’ll be.
No penalty, apparently – as the ref had already decided some two minutes previously. Nonsense.
What on earth is going on. At Craven Cottage, there’s a review for a penalty – a purported foul by Fabinho, then they go back to check there was no offside in the move – and really, is our game better for all this?
Meanwhile, Fulham and Liverpool are just underway. You can follow that one here, with Tumaini Carayol.
Here’s the inspirational Jen Beattie: She says that she’s overwhelmed by how supportive everyone’s been and that it sums up the football world. She tried to stay off social media yesterday because she wanted to focus on the game, but also wanted to make sure that the message of checking yourself was heard by those needing to hear it.
Today, she was really touched by the support from her ex-team-mates. Being able to train and play while undergoing treatment was great for keeping her mind off her health, and she’s got six more radiotherapy sessions, but after that she should be done and done, ready to go back to Scotland for Christmas with her family. She’s really clear that she wants to share her story so that other women check themselves out and feels that it’s her responsibility to use her platform to help people/
Weir tells BT that Arsenal made it hard for them, but they dominated possession and she’s delighted to have contributed. She thinks the team played quite well and you can see how they’re trying to play, more on the same page than at the start of the season. It’s very competitive at the top, she reckons, and City needed that win to stay in touch. As for her Beattie, she says “It’s obvious that there are things more important than football” and that she can’t say enough about what a great person her pal is.
That was such a finish from Caroline Weir, who had a really good second half. She could have snatched at the chance - it was barely a chance at all – but she took her time and delivered a perfect finish, just as Miedema did in the first half.
So what does that mean? Well, United stay top with 23 points from nine games; Chelsea are second with 20 from eight, Arsenal third with 19 from nine and City fourth with 18 from nine.
Full-time: Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
City fully earned that. Arsenal were devastating for five minutes, then absolutely terrible afterwards, while City didn’t produce loads of quality but stuck at it and when they needed someone to do something spectacular, Caroline Weir grabbed hold of the game and made it hers.
WHAT A GOAL! Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal (Weir 90+4)
The ball pings about as Arsenal try to clear and can’t, taking too long or trying to be too precise in possession, and eventually the ball arrives at the foot of Caroline Weir, on the edge of the box. She takes a touch, then bends a glorious low left-footer into the far corner, just as her team’s title chances are fading into the past tense. Brilliant, brilliant behaviour.
90+2 min Another Weir corner, but this time Williams is able to punch clear at the near post.
90+1 min City win a corner and Weir’s delivery is again really good ... and it’s dropping to Houghton. It must be! But McCabe stops brilliantly on the line and 79 of her mates then stand in front of the ball to stop any follow-up.
90 min Mewis wins Lucy Ward’s player of the match award and rightly so – she’s been great, the best player on the pitch by far.
90 min Miedema, who’s barely had a touch in the second half, tries some jinking by the corner flag and winds up tripping Stokes when she loses the ball.
88 min Excellent from Weir, who shapes to slide in Stanway out wide only to change the angle at the last second, sticking her inside instead. So Beattie comes over and should see away easily, but instead clears directly into her opponent’s ankle, relieved to watch the ball loop over the bar.
85 min It’s a decent ball in from Weir too, but Houghton can only head wide.
84 min Arsenal can’t keep the ball well enough to threaten, and McCabe does well to stop Mewis’ cross with Weir and Stanway inside the box. Here comes the corner....
83 min Weir mooches down the left and slings over a cross, but Williams collects easily about the midriff.
81 min Those changes from Arsenal suggest Montemurro wants them to win this, which makes it al the stranger that he wait so long to make them. His team have look liable to concede all half, so keeping the ball down the other end seemed a better plan than just hoping to improve,
78 min Arsenal win a free-kick 4o yards out which McCabe sends short to Mead. Her cross is a poor one, but Roebuck loses her bearings and paws behind, when she could just have let it go. And she’s almost punished when Beattie gets a solid head on the corner, but Houghton is well-placed to block.
76 min Nobbs and Van de Donk are preparing themselves, but as Nobbs removes earrings, her team almost conceding when the terrific Mewis drives to the line, swerving beautifully outside McCabe, but Catley does brilliantly to get in the way of her cross, blocking behind. The corner comes to nothing.
74 min Mead bangs her knee in a challenge with Stokes, so goes down for treatment.
73 min But here comes Stanway, driving forward at inside-left and sliding a reverse-pass through for Weir, but she’s running towards touch and can’t turn on it.
72 min That said, City have had a quieter last few minutes and Arsenal have had a few more non-desperate touches of the ball.
71 min I find it really hard to understand what Montemurro is waiting for. His team might score, or might not concede again, but nothing we’re seeing suggests either is all that likely, and he’s doing nothing to alter the flow of things though he has options on the bench. Strange.
70 min Elsewhere, Jeffrey Schlupp has equalised Harry Kane’s opener for Spurs. You can follow that with Rob Smyth, right here.
68 min Eesh! Williams looks to pass clear and instead picks out Weir, who connects beautifully with a first-time shot that he the keeper scurrying back towards her near post and the ball passes just wide of it.
67 min Nice from City, Weir feeding Kelly down the right, and he cross is a brute, but Mewis can’t quite slide it in. She was offside, but we don’t know if the lino caught it.
66 min Catley replaces Maier, who’s had a difficult half. But that won’t help Arsenal exert the midfield control that they’re missing.
64 min Mewis slides a fine ball inside Maier, who’s all over Stanway and still can’t stop her. She should probably cross but you can understand why she shoots, Williamson doing really well to block behind. She’s having an excellent half, and if her team come out of this with anything, she’ll be a lot of the reason why.
63 min I’d expect City to try and put Williams under pressure with crosses now that White is in the middle and Stanway is on the wide.
63 min Change for City, Hemp – who’s played really well without quite enough end product – departing, with White coming on.
62 min The corner is headed away, but City immediately step up the pressure again. A goal looks inevitable.
61 min A bit of possession for Arsenal, but it only gives them the chance to lose the ball, Kelly feeding Hemp, whose cross is again well cut-out by Williamson at cost of a corner.
59 min I can’t believe Arsenal haven’t changed this already. Hemp glides past Maier easily, but Williamson is shadowing her team-mate and not only blocks the cross but wins the goalkick.
58 min Nice again from Hemp, turning in midfield and losing Gut easily, but the pass she slides through to Stanway has a little too much on it, giving the slickness of the surface; it is, as you may have noticed from photos and from your knowledge of the world, raining in Manchester.
56 min Arsenal need to change something. It’s quite some time since they constructed an attack of note, and their best players are being kept out of the game because their midfield are getting a doing.