Arsenal’s star Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema returned from injury to inspire her side to a 4-0 win over Fiorentina in their Women’s Champions League last 32 first leg tie in Florence.
The 23-year-old, who missed Sunday’s WSL opener with a hamstring injury, got a 17th-minute opener with a smart finish after great control in the box.
She then set up skipper Kim Little for the second goal 15 minutes later.
Miedema got a second and Lisa Evans was on target early in the second half.
The Dutch forward was substituted with just over half an hour to go, but not before she had pounced on a defensive error to calmly slot past the home goalkeeper for the third.
Evans’ left-footed volley from close range came from a Beth Mead cross from the byline which was flicked up by a defender’s head to complete the scoring before the hour mark.
The English champions could have had more – Little had a first half goal ruled out for offside, as did Danielle van de Donk after the break, while substitute Jordan Nobbs missed a gaping goal with a late header.
The Italian hosts, who finished second in Serie A last season, rarely threatened.
Captain Tatiana Bonetti hit the side-netting with their best effort during a rare purple patch midway through the first half while Ilaria Mauro a header easily saved by Manuela Zinsberger in the last minute.