Beth Mead: Arsenal striker wins Women’s Super League Player of the Month award for September | Football news

Arsenal’s Beth Mead was named September’s Women’s Super League Player of the Month.

The England international, 26, has had an impressive start to the 2021/22 campaign, registering three goals and three assists and helping the Gunners’ league challenge get off to a perfect start with five wins in five games.

Two goals in a 3-2 win over defending champions Chelsea in the season opener were followed by another in the 4-0 win at Reading.

Mead was also featured on the international team’s scoresheet for England last month, claiming an 8-0 victory over North Macedonia in a Women’s World Cup qualifier.

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Mead says competition for places at Arsenal has helped her ‘find other equipment’ this season

Mead has featured in every Gunners game this season and beat an array of in-form nominees to take home the award.

Remi Allen from Aston Villa, Inessa Kaagman from Brighton, Chelsea duo Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby, Arsenal teammate Mead Viv Miedema and Shelina Zadorsky from Tottenham have also been named to the seven-woman shortlist.

Mead said Sky Sports News: “Thanks to everyone who voted for me, I’m honored and these are the types of awards you want to earn individually.

“It means my football is in a good position so I appreciate everyone who voted for me and against the top opposition.

Kim Little celebrates her goal with Beth Mead
Mead and Kim Little played for the Gunners early in the season

“I think I’m refreshed, obviously there was the disappointment of not going to the Olympics and I had time to find myself and my football back.

“I had a cool head in the preseason, I wanted to improve my fitness. I know I have the ability to do things on the pitch, but I needed to get my head back in place and I started this season feeling really good.

“I’m enjoying my football and it shows.”

Reflecting on the summer additions of Tobin Heath and Nikita Parris and the competition for striker positions on Jonas Eidevall’s squad, Mead said the newcomers have helped him improve his own performance.

“The strength in depth that we have is incredible,” she added.

“The last few seasons we haven’t had that and we haven’t had any luck with the injuries… for me it’s the best possible thing.

“A little bit of competition has taken me up a gear, I know in training I have to do the best possible things on the pitch and competitiveness in training is a joke right now, but for me individually, it made me better. “

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