With Leah Williamson and Rafaelle both out injured, it was a night when Jonas Eidevall’s revised back line was set to come under close scrutiny.
Instead, though, it was his attacking players who looked unsettled - with many great chances passed up en route to an unconvincing win over a Reading side who are yet to put any points on the board.
On paper, the Royals had no right to trouble the North London team but, at the final whistle, it was only Stina Blackstenius’ eye-catching first-half strike which separated the two sides after the Gunners survived several waves of attack in the closing stages of the game.
It’s three wins from three for Arsenal, but they passed up the chance to go top of the Women’s Super League on goal difference with their narrow victory at the Madejski stadium.
Find out how we rated the players’ performances below...