Arsenal’s Joe Montemurro: ‘I’m of Italian descent but I don’t park the bus’

The Arsenal manager knows how to defend but is also pragmatic as he faces Chelsea knowing victory would put his side eight points above the WSL champions

It says something about the standard Arsenal have set in the WSL this season that a Chelsea side that have kept clean sheets in 11 of their opening 12 games and won their last six find themselves five points off the lead, having played a game more than the Gunners, and staring down the barrel of an explosive fixture on Sunday that could derail the champions’ attempts to retain their crown.

The only game in which Chelsea’s opponents have scored was when Arsenal visited Kingsmeadow in October and ran riot, winning 5-0. It was par for the course for Joe Montemurro’s side, whose first six league games this season ended with an outrageously one-sided aggregate scoreline of 31-3, with only West Ham breaching their defence – and they still lost 4-3.

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