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Mead levels WSL assist record as Arsenal women fight back to beat Brighton & Hove Albion

Beth Mead now has the joint-most assists in the history of the WSL as she helped Arsenal women fight back to defeat Brighton women.

Vivianne Miedema equalised from close range after being played in via Mead’s free-kick. The latter went onto score a goal of her own as Arsenal won 2-1.

Emma Koivisto’s header gave Brighton the lead but Arsenal were able to complete their comeback. They are now four points clear of Chelsea at the top of the WSL.

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It took until the start of the second half for the league leaders to find anything approaching the required level but it was the individual quality of Mead which turned things around.

First her set-piece delivery flew through the penalty area to present Miedema with her first goal in five matches, the assist taking Mead level with Karen Carney’s FA WSL record of 35.

But better was to come with a free-kick curled around the wall and just inside the far post, although questions will be asked of Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh’s positioning.

Arsenal continued to dominate without further goals but it was more than enough to secure a first league win in four matches.

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