Women's Super League: Arsenal beat West Ham 3-0 as Little notches 50 WSL goals

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Arsenal has now scored 50 goals in 14 matches in all competitions this year.

Kim Little scored two goals against West Ham to maintain Arsenal's perfect start in Women's Super League season. They also regained their three-point lead at top.

Little scored the opener from the bottom corner, before she increased her career total of WSL goals to 50 by winning the second half.

Beth Mead added another, after hitting the woodwork on either side of the break.

The Hammers completed a tough day with a Grace Fisk goal.

Little, Arsenal captain, said that she didn't know about her milestone until after the match.

She said, "That's nice, but we got the three points," to Sky Sports.

Jonas Eidevall, Gunners boss, praised his skipper for "a huge role in the victory".

He said that Kim Little was "brilliant." She is dynamic in midfield with her defensive runs and positioning, and when she's on ball.

"She is a difficult player to defend."

Gunners maintain perfect Hammers record

West Ham's boss Olli Harter has seen their best start to a WSL season, scoring eight points in the first five games.

However, Arsenal remains the club to which they have lost in all WSL meetings to date. This defeat is their sixth.

Adriana Leon, a forward for the Hammers, was not available due to a "potentially severe" foot injury.

They made an energetic start, and were twice in danger within the first five minutes.

Claudia Walker missed a chance at close range when the Gunners failed with a corner. Tameka Yallop then pounced upon a Leah Williamson error to test Manuela Zinsberger.

Arsenal won the match, and put the visitors under constant pressure.

Caitlin Foord fired the first warning shot. She crashed an attempt off the footpost before Nikita Paarris attempted to return the rebound.

Williamson shot quickly and Foord was saved by Mackenzie Arnold's diving header. Mead then had a shot that was deflected onto a post.

Captain Little finally got the breakthrough that the Gunners deserved. He linked up with Mead at the edge of the area, before skipping between three defenses and finishing coolly.

On her 98th league appearance, her 50th WSL goal was just as impressive. She smashed past Arnold from an extremely tight angle.

Mead had another shot that was tipped over the bar but it made it 3-0 just moments later. Fisk converted a cross from England into her goal with Fisk also playing a role in Mead's fourth goal.

Eidevall, Gunners boss, stated that maintaining a fifth consecutive clean WSL sheet after conceding two goals against champions Chelsea in their season-opening win 3-2 was "very important".

He said, "Everything in football begins with having a solid defense and not conceding easily goals."

"I want us all to work hard in every game to keep a clean slate."