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Man City defeat by Arsenal ‘throws WSL title race up in the air’

Written by on May 5, 2024

With only a minute of normal time left to go, Manchester City looked like they had one hand on the Women’s Super League trophy until everything changed.

Stina Blackstenius’ dramatic late double gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at Joie Stadium, spoiling City’s party as they hoped to close in on the league title.

Instead, City may have to wait until the final day of the season to go head-to-head with defending champions Chelsea in a blockbuster finish.

“I couldn’t tell you [who will win the title]. It’s definitely not over,” former England midfielder Fara Williams told BBC One.

“At the moment, on goal difference, it’s still in City’s hands and they have the points on the board.

“Chelsea have games in hand to play. The pressure is on. It’s wide open for the last game of the season and it’s super exciting.”

Gareth Taylor’s side, who were hoping to give retiring captain Steph Houghton the perfect send-off at Joie Stadium, knew victory would give them a chance of winning the WSL title on Sunday evening if Chelsea dropped points against Bristol City.

However, defeat by Arsenal means they will likely need to get the job done at Aston Villa on the final day of the season, should Chelsea win their games in hand.

As it stands, City have a six-point lead at the top and a superior goal difference advantage but former striker Ellen White thinks the title race has been “thrown up in the air”.

“It is still in City’s hands but [they will feel] a little bit dejected,” White told BBC One.

“But this is what we wanted – the most competitive league and the most competitive end to the season as well.”

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