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Montemurro already eyeing the future after Arsenal Women’s title success

Arsenal Women’s boss Joe Montemurro says there is still plenty of work to do despite seeing his side clinch the league championship over the weekend.

The Gunners’ 4-0 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion secured their first Women’s Super League title since 2012 in front of a new WSL-record crowd of 5,265.

Arsenal become champions of England for the 15th time – they first claimed the top-flight crown back in 1993.

Goals by Vivianne Miedema, Katie McCabe, Beth Mead and Danielle van de Donk sealed the win to end a seven-year wait for the title.

Their victory also saw them secure a second domestic trophy under Montemurro, having won the League Cup during the Australian’s first season in charge.

Arsenal have won 17 of their 19 league games this term, but Montemurro has insisted that the club won’t be resting on its laurels.

“It’s an amazing achievement to win the league title after that long, and doing so in the way we did it was very pleasing,” he said at his post-match press conference.

“I’m already thinking about what’s to come to be honest and creating a base on which to build on.

“Man City and Chelsea have set the bar over the past three or four years and Arsenal need to be at that level.

“We put some strategies and long-term planning in when I arrived and I’m happy that the title has come a little earlier than I thought.”

The star of the show for Arsenal this season has undoubtedly been Miedema, and her efforts were rewarded on Sunday as she was confirmed as the winner of the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year Award.

The Netherlands international is the top scorer in the WSL this season, bagging 22 goals and setting up 10 more in her 19 appearances.

The prolific striker has scored 39 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions this term and is the first Arsenal player to win the prize since Kim Little claimed the inaugural award back in 2013.

“I’m obviously really proud to represent my team here, we’ve had an amazing year, especially with winning the league,” she said.

“I’m just really happy I could help my team all season long with scoring goals and it means a lot.”

Miedema will certainly be one to watch this summer as she leads the line for the Netherlands at the Women’s World Cup in France.

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