Arsenal’s women face Crawley Wasps on Sunday in what has been described as the Wasps ‘biggest match in their history’.
Arsenal have won the SSE Women’s FA Cup 14 times while their opponents currently play in the FA Women’s National League Division One South East. On paper, even with Arsenal’s terribly injury problems, the game should be a breeze for the Gunners.
But, as we know only too well, you should ever underestimate a team in the cup, especially not one playing in their biggest ever game.
“We’ve got no expectations on us,” Crawly Captain, Naomi Cole, who began her career as a youngster at Arsenal, said. “It’s an absolute bonus if we can put in a fantastic performance and push Arsenal.
“They’ll play their brand of football, it’s down to us to try and break that up. Bringing them to Oakwood is going to be a test for them, which will be great for us.
“We’re going to make it as uncomfortable as possible.
“I used to live with Jordan [Nobbs] and I’m really close to Dan Carter. But no matter who they put out, they’ll be quality players, whether it’s the internationals or the youngsters.
“We’re going to enjoy the occasion, hopefully get a lot of people through the door and make Crawley proud.
“We want to build a foundation at this club. This environment is fantastic. Everyone’s like a family here and we want to bring that culture to the fans and make them feel like they’re welcome here.”
Arsenal Academy will face Leicester City reserves in the FA WSL Academy Cup first round after the Foxes were invited to join the 12 sides in the FA WSL Academy League.
Arsenal will face Leicester in the two-legged affair with the first leg taking place at Arsenal before the second away. The dates for the fixtures have yet to be set.