Fran Kirby, Kim Little: 6 standout players from the WSL this week

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The was more drama in the Women's Super League after the latest round of fixtures dealt out some surprise results.

Manchester City suffered their third league defeat after falling to West Ham at home, while Spurs snubbed Leicester of a victory at the King Power Stadium to move up into second in the table.

Arsenal and Chelsea also banked a statement win each to keep them within just three points of each other inside the top three.

GiveMeSport Women has siphoned out one key player from each of the six WSL fixtures across the weekend.

Fran Kirby (Chelsea 3-1 Brighton)

It's starting to become easier to point out things Fran Kirby doesn't excel at as opposed to things she does.

Another Chelsea match, another masterclass for the Lioness. 

Kirby chalked up a hat-trick of assists against Brighton on Saturday – acting as provider for every single goal scored for her side.

She now leads the tally for the most assists registered so far this season (5). With her two goals scored on top, she boasts seven goalscoring contributions in just four games. 

Fran Kirby

Kim Little (Aston Villa 0-4 Arsenal)

Kim Little may have retired from the international game, but she is still firing from all cylinders at domestic level.

The Arsenal captain was at the heart of her side's 4-0 win over Aston Villa thanks to her second half brace. 

With four goals for the season so far, the Scot is the third highest scorer in the league right now, tied with teammate Vivianne Miedema and just behind Sam Kerr with five.

Kim Little

Mackenzie Arnold (Man City 0-2 West Ham)

While Yui Hasegawa certainly stole the show with her superb stoppage time strike, credit should be given to the West Ham goalkeeper.

Despite Man City's injury woes, Mackenzie Arnold was still up against clinical finishers like Ellen White and Lauren Hemp. 

The Australia international stood strong in her net and pulled off some spectacular saves to keep the Hammers ahead. Arnold made a total of seven saves, six punches, and nine recoveries, according to FotMob.

She was certainly made to work in the West Ham goal and her performance played a huge part in her side's surprise win.

Mackenzie Arnold

Ashleigh Neville (Leicester 0-2 Spurs)

Tottenham Hotspur are currently unbeaten in the WSL this season and have conceded just one goal – the least amount of any other team in the league.

The Spurs defence performed well again, which is why Ashleigh Neville is our standout player from this match.

Not only did the 28-year-old complete two tackles and five clearances against Leicester, but she also provided the assist for Rachel Williams' opening goal at the King Power Stadium.

Ashleigh Neville

Gabby George (Reading 0-3 Everton)

While there were three goals to enjoy from the Toffees, there were also a lot of positive takeaways from their defence.

Gabby George was solid in the Everton backline – completing eight clearances, four interceptions, and winning four aerials. She also won 100 percent of her attempted tackles.

In big scoring games like this one, it's easy to forget the job of the defenders. However, the Everton centre-back really put in a power shift to ensure Reading were unable to get a foot back in the match.

Gabby George

Hannah Blundell (Birmingham 0-2 Man United)

Manchester United edged past a struggling Birmingham City with two well-taken goals. Leah Galton opened up the scoring, followed by talisman Ella Toone with the second.

It was full-back Hannah Blundell who orchestrated both goals for the Reds.

After moving to United from Chelsea this summer, the defender is already settling in and establishing her trade within her new side. 

Hannah Blundell

The WSL already boasts a number of attacking full-backs – Katie McCabe and Alex Greenwood to name two – and Blundell is showing glimpses of heading down the same route.

The next round of Women's Super League fixtures will get underway on Saturday, October 9th with the Manchester derby at Leigh Sports Village.

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