5 min: It’s been a frenetic, high-paced start in keeping with any good north London derby. Kit Graham tries a shot for Tottenham from outside the penalty area, but her effort lacks power and it’s a comfortable save for Manuela Zinsberger in the Arsenal goal.
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After all the players and match officials take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign, Arsenal get the match under way. Straight away there is defending to do for Spurs, but Miedama can’t quite reach a low forward pass in the penalty area.
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The BBC on-screen team are wrapped up warm against the cold – after a sunny but windy morning it is a pretty unpleasant afternoon in London, with blustery winds, and rain in the air. Here we go – the teams are out, and we are less than two minutes from kick-off.
Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro speaks to the BBC: “It’s important we give it our best shot … we want to go as far as we can, so it’s an important game for us.”
Asked about the story of the day Morgan, Montemurro’s Spurs counterpart Karen Hills tells the BBC: “She’s been fantastic in training this week, she’s worked really hard. It’s great for all the rest of the players just to have her around.” And will she play today? “She’s on the bench, so who knows?”
“It sent shockwaves, everyone was so surprised when Alex Morgan signed for Spurs,” says Alex Scott, on pundit duty on the BBC. “But that’s what you need to grow the game. You need superstars like that coming into the league.”
These FA Cup ties were initially meant to take place in March, so it’s been a long wait. The other three ties will be tomorrow: Everton v Chelsea, Leicester City v Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City.
Now, while we await kick-off, here is some pre-match reading from Suzanne Wrack on Alex Morgan:
Four changes for Arsenal from their 9-1 hammering of West Ham.
Arsenal: Zinsberger, Maritz, Schnaderbeck, Williamson, McCabe, Little, Van de Donk, Nobbs, Evans, Miedema, Foord. Subs: Stenson, Wubben-Moy, Mace, Maier, Gut, Mead.
Spurs team: Spencer (capt.), Zadorsky, Harrop, Davison, Peplow, Percival, Worm, Graham, Kennedy, Ayane, Neville. Subs: Martin, Leon, Green, Filbey, Dean, Morgan, Addison, Quinn, Sulola.
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Tottenham’s stellar new signing Alex Morgan has already won a phenomenal amount: two World Cups and Olympic Gold with the USA, a Champions League, a French league title, an NWSL title and a plethora of prestigious personal awards.
One thing missing from Morgan’s CV so far, however, is a competitive outing for her new north-London club, but that could all change this afternoon. Morgan is on the bench as Spurs travel to Arsenal with a place in the Women’s FA Cup semi-finals up for grabs. History is certainly on Arsenal’s side, as 16-times winners of this competition, while their London rivals have never tasted success in the Cup.
Will Morgan be posting to her 9.2m loyal Instagram followers after victory or defeat later this evening? Combine Arsenal’s cup pedigree with their goal-scoring form of late – they thrashed West Ham 9-1 two weeks ago and Reading 6-1 less than a week before that – the home side are surely heavy favourites.
Tottenham handed out a heavy beating to Coventry United in the previous round of this competition, a 5-0 win, and since then have drawn 1-1 at home to West Ham and lost 1-0 away to Everton. But could Morgan’s introduction inspire them to an unlikely result against Joe Montemurro’s goal-hungry side? We are about to find out. Kick-off is at 5.15pm, full team news to follow …