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WSL team of the week - gameweek 17

Jamie Spencer
Alessia Russo shone for Man Utd again at the weekend
Alessia Russo shone for Man Utd again at the weekend / Andrew Redington/GettyImages
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The 2021/22 WSL season saw another weekend of top action on Saturday and Sunday, with Arsenal and Manchester United both recording convincing wins.

Chelsea struggled to break down a resilient Aston Villa but eventually got the job done, while Manchester City also had to wait until late against Tottenham in a result that could prove significant in the race for Champions League qualification.

Everton recorded a vital win over Leicester and there was an important result for West Ham.

Read on for 90min's picks for this round's WSL team of the week...


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Hannah Hampton (GK) - Aston Villa: So unfortunate to end up on the losing side after Chelsea finally beat her in stoppage time. Numerous saves throughout looked like it would be enough to earn Villa a famous draw.

Niamh Charles (RB) -
Chelsea: Covered an unholy amount of ground up and down the right flank. Rarely gave the ball away and strong in the tackle.

Leah Williamson (CB) - Arsenal: Her long -range passing was once again sensational and she effectively serves as a deep-lying playmaker from the back four for this Gunners side.

Gilly Flaherty (CB) - West Ham: Stood up to be counted as the Hammers swatted away Birmingham attacks to record a first WSL clean sheet in almost two months to underpin a narrow win.

Katerina Svitkova (LB) - West Ham: Heavily involved from her role on the left and made a crucial contribution by laying on her team's eventual winner.

2. Midfielders

Anna Anvegard (RM) - Everton: The Toffees simply would not have won without her. The Swede scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Leicester, including the winner, and set up the other as well.

Caroline Weir (CM) - Man City: So many times she has pulled City through with big goals at crucial times and this weekend was no different, scoring late on to beat Spurs.

Vivianne Miedema (CM) - Arsenal: The greatest striker in WSL history is now making a name for herself as a 'number 10' in midfield. Got another assist and made multiple incisive passes.

Leah Galton (LM) - Man Utd: Two more goals takes her WSL tally for the season to six. Reading didn't know what had hit them and both goals - a header and a one-on-one finish - were very different.

3. Forwards

Alessia Russo (ST) - Man Utd: Fast becoming the perfect all-round striker. She was everywhere as United eventually demolished Reading, providing an exquisite assist and scoring a stunning goal of her own.

Stina Blackstenius (ST) - Arsenal: Proving to be a top January acquisition after doubling her WSL goal tally to four with a brace against Brighton. Also seems to be developing a top understanding with Miedema.


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