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Beth Mead stars as Arsenal women hits Brighton to prepare for the FA Cup final showdown against Chelsea

‘World-class’ Beth Mead stars as Arsenal Women hit Brighton to set up the FA Cup final showdown against Chelsea for the third time in six seasons

  • Beth Mead scored twice and scored another in a 3-0 win over Brighton
  • Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall said the English international is a ‘world-class forward’
  • Arsenal will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on December 5
  • London’s rivals met in the FA Cup final in 2016 and 2018, winning one each


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Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall praised Beth Mead and Leah Williamson following his team’s 3-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Brighton, which sets up a tantalizing Wembley test against Chelsea next month.

A good job by Mead prepared Kim Little to lift the ball over Albion goalkeeper Megan Walsh from close range to make it 1-0 in the 50th minute. And Mead doubled the lead four minutes later.

Williamson topped the scoring with a header in the 76th minute from Mead’s right corner as the 14-time winner Arsenal booked their place in the final on 5 December, where they will face old foes Chelsea. It will be a repeat of the 2016 and 2018 finals, with a win for each team.

Beth Mead set two goals and scored one in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final

Beth Mead scored twice and scored another in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brighton

The English international scored Arsenal's second goal with a good shot

The English international scored Arsenal's second goal with a good shot

The English international scored Arsenal’s second goal with a good shot

Mead is on a good scoring line, having become the first England player to score a hat-trick at Wembley eight days earlier, in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Northern Ireland. When he’s confident, he can play hard and can harass opponents. I think she’s a world-class forward.

Leah is brilliant, she plays at such a high level. I am really delighted with his performances and his development this season.

“She has been a big part of why we’ve been able to play so well this year.”

The Gunners nearly broke the deadlock in the first half, but Nikita Parris saw his header cleared off the line by Brighton’s Victoria Williams.

Kim Little (second from right) opened the scoring against Brighton with a close-range shot

Kim Little (second from right) opened the scoring against Brighton with a close-range shot

Kim Little (second from right) opened the scoring against Brighton with a close-range shot

Arsenal will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley for the third time in six seasons

Arsenal will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley for the third time in six seasons

Arsenal will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley for the third time in six seasons

It only took five minutes into the second half for the hosts to take the lead, when Mead made his way into the box and shot back for Little, who broke the ball.

Mead got on the roster herself shortly after, scooping up a good ball from Jordan Nobbs before punching a shot into the bottom corner. And Williamson finished off the scoring when he headed in with a header to seal the final date of the Arsenal Cup.

“The closest I got to being at Wembley was when I bought tickets for Adele a few years ago, but then my wife and I couldn’t go,” Eidevall said. I will definitely go this time.

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