Ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea, Ireland defender Louise Quinn believes Arsenal Women can come out on top, and revealed how the Gunners turned their form around – in an exclusive Daily Cannon interview.
Arsenal are currently third in the WSL 1 table with 10 points from five games, coming off the back of consecutive wins after a slow start to the season. The 27-year-old admitted the new campaign has been “mixed”, but believes it’s far too early to rule the Gunners out given their recent turnaround in form.
“I think it has been slightly mixed so far with some great highs in there, but it still seems so early into the season. There are still so many games to come and so much to play for,” she said.
Arsenal next face Chelsea Ladies on Sunday, January 7, which will be one of the biggest games of the new season.
Quinn was in the squad when the Gunners drew 2-2 against the Blues in May, and believes Arsenal can get all three points this time round, adding: “It will be a very tough game but we fancy ourselves, of course.
“We have looked at what Chelsea are about, but ultimately it’s about ourselves and how we approach the game. I think preparations for the game are going well so far.
“We’ll be ready for Emma Hayes’ side, so we’ve got to make sure to deliver on the pitch!” We just want to keep winning games and go on to win trophies for this season. That is always the aim.”
Joe Montemurro is the new manager, after Pedro Losa left Arsenal in October, ending a three-year stay that saw the Gunners win the 2015 WSL Continental Cup and 2016 Women’s FA Cup.
Since his departure, Arsenal’s form has picked up considerably, and Quinn believes Montemurro’s approach has brought a real intensity in training, revealing: “It was a shame to see Pedro go.
“It’s hard to say what was going wrong, but I think was Joe is bringing is a new freshness and intensity to the training sessions and games. I think we have gone back to basics in some ways and are organised in our set up.”
Joining Arsenal from Notts County in May 2017, the Republic of Ireland international had only signed for County three months previously but was forced to move after the Magpies folded.
The centre-back was initially only recruited for the Spring Series, but earned herself a contract extension in August after showcasing fine form as Arsenal stayed unbeaten during the tournament.
Quinn has since been a regular in the defence ever since, and although the 2013 FAI International Senior Women’s Player of the Year is uncertain over her long-term future, she’s fully focused on helping Arsenal achieve their goals.
“There hasn’t been word on my future yet, but I just want to keep plugging away and get myself on the pitch to help this team succeed,” the ex-Eskilstuna United player said.
While only spending a short time at Notts County, Quinn couldn’t help but be taken aback by the quality of resources in London, admitting: “I suppose the main difference has been the facilities. They are top class at Arsenal.”
Thanks to Louise Quinn for speaking to Daily Cannon. We wish her and Arsenal Women all the best against Chelsea, and say good luck for the rest of the season.