Vivianne Miedema scored six goals and assisted four more as Arsenal eviscerated winless Bristol City for the second time in ten days at Meadow Park, writes Tom Holmes.
The Dutch star, top scorer in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League last season, teed up goals for Lisa Evans and Leah Williamson before scoring three herself in a relentless first-half display.
Miedema added a further treble after the break, going on to assist Jordan Nobbs and a second for Evans.
Emma Mitchell was the other Arsenal goalscorer with Yana Daniels adding a late consolation goal. It was a FA WSL record score, surpassing Liverpool's 9-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2013.
Arsenal took the lead inside seven minutes, Danielle Van de Donk freeing Miedema down the left, whose cross was nodded in by Evans.
Another sensational delivery from the 23-year-old led to the second three minutes later, with Williamson diving to add a second.
Miedema put Arsenal 3-0 up inside 15 minutes, working the ball into the box and rifling home before converting again from close range just after the half-hour mark.
Miedema secured her hat-trick four minutes later, converting the rebound after her own shot was parried weakly, and she picked up where she left off after half-time with a wonderful fourth from out wide.
The striker’s fourth goal was a wonderful strike from the corner of the box five minutes into the second half.
And she turned provider again three minutes later, Nobbs converting from close range.
Miedema turned in Evans’ cross two minutes later to net her fifth inside 56 minutes and the returned the favour as she found Evans for a cushioned volley to make it nine.
In the 65th minute, Miedema scored her sixth, finishing well from a tight angle before substitute Mitchell fired in from inside the box with ten minutes left.
A tough afternoon for Bristol ended when Daniels tapped home the rebound from her penalty for a late consolation.
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