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Vivianne Miedema and Lionesses star Beth Mead score as Arsenal ‘run riot’ against Tottenham in north London derby in front of record-breaking Women’s Super League crowd

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By Natasha Everitt

Arsenal were fired up by a record-breaking crowd at the Emirates Stadium as they ‘ran riot’ against their rivals Tottenham in the Women’s Super League.

It wasn’t just the all-time high attendance that was setting milestones, though.

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The North London derby was watched by a WSL record-breaking crowd

The Gunners began the day top of the league as they prepared to face Spurs in the north London derby, and they more than rose to the occasion of playing in front of a crowd ten times higher than their home capacity.

While the game racked up a total of 53,737 ticket sales, the confirmed attendance was given as 47,367 – beating the previous record 38,262 which was set when the Gunners faced Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in November 2019. 

Both Arsenal and Spurs have sold out their season tickets at their usual home grounds of Meadow Park in Borehamwood and Brisbane Road.

And attendances like Saturday’s could happen week-in week-out, according to talkSPORT’s co-commentator for the game and Sheffield United striker, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, if WSL matches are played more regularly at the big stadiums.

She said live from the Emirates: “If you can get attendances like this consistently in the men’s games, then why not have more matches held at the big grounds in the WSL?

“The problem I’ve had with these showpiece games in the past is that tickets have been basically given away, they have not all been strictly sold.

“And then what you’ll get is maybe 20,000 at one game in a bigger stadium but then at the next game in the smaller ground they won’t go and sell that out.


Arsenal’s boss thinks his side can attract big crowds every week

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Arsenal’s boss thinks his side can attract big crowds every week

“It’s all about consistency.”

Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall has hinted that his side have outgrown their home ground.

And just five minutes in, Arsenal proved why they can attract bumper crowds, as Lionesses star and European Championship Golden Boot winner Beth Mead opened the scoring.

As the Gunners star celebrated passionately with the crowd, Tottenham immediately formed a huddle to pull themselves back from a worst possible start.

But things only got worse for Spurs, who only managed one shot on target in the first half as Arsenal, as told by Sweetman-Kirk, ‘ran riot’.

Mead’s early curled effort got the Gunners off to a perfect start

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Mead’s early curled effort got the Gunners off to a perfect start

Then, before half-time, the Gunners went two to the good, through none other than Vivianne Miedema.

The Dutch star’s goal, in her first appearance at the Emirates after she opted to sign a new contract this summer, marked her 75th in the WSL – extending her tally as the league’s all-time record goalscorer.

“There hasn’t just been a gulf between the two teams, there’s been an almighty chasm,” talkSPORT’s commentator Joe Shennan said as the teams headed down the tunnel for half-time.

The break didn’t help Spurs, though, as Rafaelle Souza steered home a header nine minutes after the restart to make it 3-0.

Miedema had her shooting boots on for the occasion, too

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Miedema had her shooting boots on for the occasion, too

Souza got involved, too

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Souza got involved, too

“It’s game over now!” Sheehan said.

And prolific scorer Miedema wasn’t done there yet, either, as Tottenham continued to chase shadows.

Soon enough, Arsenal were 4-0 up, as Miedema netted her 76th WSL goal, scoring from a quick corner.

An occasion to remember for the Gunners, but one to forget for Spurs as Arsenal were left to celebrate a huge win on their biggest stage yet, with the hosts staying out on the pitch to soak up the atmosphere after what was a special, landmark game for women’s football in England.

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