Alex Scott believes that Arsenal’s dominance within women’s football 10 years ago will not be emulated, as the depth of competition in recent years has strengthened significantly.
Arsenal won nine consecutive league titles between 2004 and 2012, whilst also becoming the first British women’s side to lift the European Cup in 2007.
“I don’t think you ever want women’s football in this country to be how it was back then again,” Scott stated during a BBC interview.
“When you look back, 10 years ago, we were dominant but some of those games were easy. It’s more competitive now because every team wants to set the bar. That’s great for the league.”
Scott was an unused substitute during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Reading on Wednesday but her impressive levels of longevity are something to appreciate. Reiterated by the fact that she scored their only goal against Swedish side Umea a decade ago to secure victory in the UEFA Women’s Cup, she has reflected on how things have changed for good since.
“It would be a massive feat for anyone to get to the Champions League final again.
“We knew it would take a long time. We knew, when we won the quadruple, that it was just an amazing year.”
Lyon retained their crown as Champions League winners after a dramatic penalty shootout in Cardiff this week and similarities have been made between themselves and the Arsenal of old, having already won 11 consecutive French league championships.
Under former boss Vic Akers, the Ladies won 10 FA Cups between 1993 and 2009 but he himself supported Scott’s claims that quality has improved since then.
“The quality of players is now more divided, we had most of the England team at that time.
“It’s harder, at this point, because other clubs [in Europe] are making progress. They’ve upped their game. It is going to be harder for English teams to win the Champions League now, but certainly not impossible.“