By George Overhill

6th May, 2022 | 9:40am

Everton Women expert raves about Gabby George despite defeat to Arsenal

We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.

Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane was disappointed by the recent loss to title-chasing Arsenal but took some major positives from the display.

With the two squads operating at opposite ends of the WSL this year the clash was somewhat of a mismatch, yet despite the scoreline one Toffee stood out for her defensive brilliance.

Goals from Caitlin Foord, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs gave the Gunners the points, but Gabby George took the plaudits from the home fans for an outstanding display.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News MacFarlane said: “We knew that facing an Arsenal side who are fighting to win the league would be a tough task going into the game.

Arsenal have an array talent throughout their side including a number of world-class players and internationals, but the Toffees certainly held their own for large parts of the match, under intense pressure from a formidable Arsenal attack.

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Gabby George, fresh from her recall to the Lionesses squad, was an absolute colossus at the back for us.

Even as Arsenal took control of the game in the second half, Gabby kept them at bay time and time again with some truly unbelievable defending, showing just why she’s one of the stand out names when discussing Everton’s player of the season.

Ultimately though Arsenal’s attacking dominance shone through and the eventual 3-0 scoreline was probably justified, although once again Everton can be proud of their performance and can take plenty of positives into the end of an ultimately disappointing season.” 

George was called into the senior squad with England, having been on duty already with the under-23s, for the first time since 2019.

While she didn’t add to her two caps during this international break, Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman cannot have failed to notice the performance the 25-year-old put in on her return to league action.

In what has been a disappointing season all round for the Toffees, George is proving to be a shining light, and will surely be key to incoming Brian Sorensen’s plans.

In other Everton news, miserable injury luck the cause of Toffees international striker’s moves to the US.

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