Arsenal Lapse Opens the Door for Challengers in the WSL


The unthinkable has happened. The high flying Arsenal women’s side have not had a great start to 2022 in the Women’s Super League. After a hot first half of the season that saw them drop minimal points, they have two draws and a defeat in their last five league games, the latest of which was a 1-1 draw with Manchester United that needed a late equaliser from new signing Stina Blackstenius. This dip in form has opened things up at the top of the WSL table.

Arsenal Lapse Allows Challengers Back Into Title Race

Chelsea Games in Hand

Third-placed Manchester United are five points behind Arsenal in the table but both sides have played the same number of games. United are in fine form and are definitely one to keep an eye on but the biggest worry for Arsenal will be defending champions, Chelsea. It looked as if Chelsea had lost out on the title just a month ago after a desperate run of form saw them knocked out of the Champion’s League and lose ground in the title race.

As of this writing, Chelsea have two games in hand on Arsenal and trail them by five points.  Two wins for Chelsea would put them top ahead of Arsenal attempting to compete domestically and in Europe.

There is of course no guarantee that Chelsea makes up the gap between the two. Emma Hayes’ side face Manchester City and Arsenal in their next two league games, they have also failed to win in two of their last three league games.

This Arsenal lapse in form has opened things up at the peak of the WSL. What once looked like it would be a runaway victory is now in doubt with tough games ahead of them in multiple competitions and a cast of known winners chasing them every step of the way.

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