Arsenal kept their Women’s Super League title hopes alive as they thumped Aston Villa at Meadow Park.
Vivianne Miedema scored twice in the space of four minutes to set the game’s tone early on.
Villa’s Rachel Corsie diverted the ball into her own net, before Beth Mead, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Stina Blackstenius and Nikita Parris struck in the second half.
Arsenal now sit one point behind Chelsea after 20 games played.
The hosts dominated the match with Aston Villa only managing to have 30% of possession.
Miedema, who has now scored 14 goals in 20 games this season, had two by the 13-minute mark, with both coming from outside the box.
Villa keeper Sian Rogers made strong saves to deny Miedema and Mead further goals before the break.
But Villa soon conceded again when a Miedema shot hit the bar and deflected off Corsie’s leg and into her own net.
A stunning long-range Mead strike then left Rogers with no chance as Arsenal added a fourth.
Defender Wubben-Moy claimed the fifth, tucking home from inside of the six-yard box, before Blackstenius netted from a tight angle.
England striker Parris then slotted home from the penalty spot to secure her 50th Women’s Super League goal and round off the perfect afternoon for Arsenal.
Chelsea play Birmingham tonight in the first of their final two games of the season.
Arsenal still have two more to play and take on Tottenham at the Emirates on Wednesday.
- Match Stats
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- 16MaritzSubstituted forWienroitherat 73′minutes
- 15McCabeSubstituted forBlacksteniusat 61′minutes
- 9MeadSubstituted forParrisat 73′minutes
- 11MiedemaSubstituted forNobbsat 73′minutesSubstituted forMaanumat 85′minutes
- 19FoordBooked at 90mins
Aston Villa Women
- 10PetzelbergerBooked at 54mins
- 7LehmannSubstituted forHaylesat 57′minutes
- 11Boye-HlorkahSubstituted forSargeantat 67′minutes
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- Shots on Target
Match ends, Arsenal Women 7, Aston Villa Women 0.
Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 7, Aston Villa Women 0.
Offside, Arsenal Women. Lotte Wubben-Moy tries a through ball, but Stina Blackstenius is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Emily Gielnik (Aston Villa Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mayumi Pacheco following a set piece situation.
Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women).
Rachel Corsie (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Arsenal Women 7, Aston Villa Women 0. Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty Arsenal Women. Nikita Parris draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Laura Blindkilde (Aston Villa Women) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sian Rogers.
Attempt saved. Laura Wienroither (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Frida Maanum replaces Jordan Nobbs because of an injury.
Goal! Arsenal Women 6, Aston Villa Women 0. Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leah Williamson.
Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Rachel Corsie.
Foul by Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal Women).
Sian Rogers (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Laura Wienroither replaces Noëlle Maritz.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jordan Nobbs replaces Vivianne Miedema.
Substitution, Arsenal Women. Nikita Parris replaces Beth Mead.