By Oliver Yew
Laura Harvey believes that Arsenal’s experience of the big occasion could be vital in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash against Birmingham.
The Gunners go into the game full of confidence after their 4-0 victory over Lincoln on Thursday, which took them to within two points of the league leaders.
Arsenal will go top of the Women’s Super League with a win at DCS Stadium and the manager knows her side’s knowhow will be very important on Sunday.
“It’s a massive game for us,” Harvey told Arsenal.com. “But we have experience of that already having played in Cup Finals and in the Champions League. We have been in high-pressure situations for a long time.
“Even our younger players have gained a lot of experience this season with our run to the Semi-Finals of the Champions League and also our FA Cup win. “They are learning all the time and that experience could be vital on Sunday.”
Harvey’s side will be looking for revenge after Birmingham inflicted the Gunners’ first defeat of the WSL season with a 2-1 win at Meadow Park in April.
Two late goals from Rachel Williams and Karen Carney cancelled out Ellen White’s strike to give the Blues a stunning victory.
“It will be a close match on Sunday with no-one wanting to give anything away. They have some great players but so do we.
“It’s a high-pressure match so we will need our experienced players need to stand up and be counted.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Aug 2011