Arsenal maintained pressure on women’s Super League leaders Chelsea with a routine win over Everton.
Caitlin Foord brought the Gunners ahead as she picked up a long pass from England captain Leah Williamson, took a touch and shot over Sandy MacIver.
Beth Mead converted Vivianne Miedema’s pass to Arsenal’s second goal before substitute Jordan Nobbs teamed up with Mead and curled a third in.
Arsenal are one point behind Chelsea with three league games left for both sides.
Earlier on Sunday, Chelsea conceded a goal in their match at Tottenham and also had a player sent off, however regained to win 3-1 to maintain control over the title race.
Everton, who have now only scored once in six games in all competitions, had only one shot – in overtime in the second half – and did not have a corner in the entire match.
The hosts were lucky not to fall behind in the 29th minute when Stina Blackstenius put the ball in the net but was controversially ruled offside.
English national team player Mead shot shortly after before Williamson’s fine long ball, deep inside her own half of the pitch, was brought down by Foord at a narrow angle.
Mead then doubled Arsenal’s lead midway through the second half to her 50th Super League goal. Nobbs also reached the landmark shortly after as she provided a fine finish to curl the ball into the top corner.
The assist for Mead to that goal was her 36th assist in the Super League, breaking the previous record of 35 set by former Arsenal midfielder Karen Carney.
Arsenal have been champions 15 times, but still need Chelsea to lose points in one of their last three games – Tottenham at home on Thursday, Birmingham away on Sunday or Manchester United on May 8 – to have any chance of to win the league for the first time since 2018-19.
- 17GrahamReplaced forDalion 79 ‘minutes
- 9DugganReplaced forMagillon 60 ‘minutes
- 10LittleReplaced forIwabuchion 79 ‘minutes
- 13WältiReplaced forMaanumon 88 ‘minutes
- 25BlacksteniusReplaced forMcCabeon 65 ‘minutes
- 11MiødemReplaced forParrison 79 ‘minutes
- 19FoordReplaced forNobbson 65 ‘minutes
The match ends, Everton Women 0, Arsenal Women 3.
Second half ends, Everton women 0, Arsenal women 3.
Attempt rescued. Poppy Pattinson (Everton Women) header from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Leonie Maier with a cross.
Offside, Everton Women. Simone Magill tries a through ball, but Kenza Dali is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Nikita Parris with a cross following a corner.
Substitution: Arsenal Women. Frida Maanum replaces Lia Wälti.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Gabrielle George.
Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leah Williamson.
Attempt missed. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Beth Mead.
Attempt blocked. Stephanie-Elise Catley (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth Mead.
Foul by Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women).
Poppy Pattinson (Everton Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Mana Iwabuchi replaces Kim Little.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Nikita Parris replaces Vivianne Miedema.
Substitution, Everton women. Kenza Dali replaces Lucy Graham.
Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Leah Williamson.
Attempt rescued. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Beth Mead.
Goal! Everton Women 0, Arsenal Women 3. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the center of the box to high in the middle of the goal. Assisted by Beth Mead.
Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Hanna Bennison (Everton Women).