There are few members of Arsenal Ladies' squad with more experience of winning trophies than Katie Chapman.

In her seven years at the Club, the midfield enforcer has won more than 15 major honours. There is no trophy in the domestic women's game that the 31-year-old has not lifted.

After 10 months out of action while she gave birth to her third child, Chapman made her return to first-team action in a 3-0 Women's Super League victory against Liverpool in August. That win provided the latest twist to a two-team title race between the sides which is set to go to the wire.

I have missed playing football and it's nice that I have the hunger when I come back

Katie Chapman

Chapman was part of the Arsenal side that dramatically beat Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton to the title on the final day of the 2008/09 season. She admits she missed the sport during her latest pregnancy and says she was itching to return to action.

"I have missed playing football and it's nice that I have the hunger when I come back," she told "I want to be on the pitch and I certainly went to be playing 90 minutes. It was good to play the whole game against Chelsea on Thursday.

"I think the break from football does me good to be honest. Too much football can be a bit much sometimes. Where I've had the break when having my baby, it brings that hunger back which is quite nice.

"The first half of the season was terrible, having to sit and watch the games. I wanted to be on the pitch playing. But it's nice to be back now and hopefully I can move on from here."

Chapman has impressed since making her comeback. "She was amazing," boss Shelley Kerr said after victory against Chelsea on Thursday. "What she did was use her experience and she helped everyone in the team with that experience. There's nobody better at playing that role."

With youngsters including Jordan Nobbs, Jade Bailey, Danielle Carter and Emma Mitchell all establishing themselves in the first-team squad, the experience offered to the Club by Chapman has become even more valuable. The former England international is impressed by the young group at Arsenal and feels the knowledge of having won trophies in the past can be an advantage as the season approaches its finale.

"There are a lot of youngsters in the team," Chapman said. "There's not much in between the older ones and the younger ones. The youngsters will gain that experience and they are doing really well. It's nice to help the younger players out and just guide them and help them to learn the game. They all have great talent.

"We know what it's like to win trophies. We've been down to the season before when we had to beat Everton and won the league. We know what we've got to do to win it and hopefully we can do that."

Katie Chapman in action
Katie Chapman in action

The Ladies' next four games are all at home and will go a long way to deciding if the team can retain the WSL title they have lifted in both years since its inception.

Doncaster Rovers Belles provide the opposition at Meadow Park on Sunday afternoon. The Yorkshire side have endured a tough year after it was decided they will be replaced in the WSL by Manchester City next season, regardless of where they finish in the table.

Arsenal triumphed 6-0 when the sides met less than two weeks ago. Since then though, the Belles did manage to secure their first win of the season on Thursday, when they triumphed 1-0 over Lincoln.

Kerr's side have won their last nine games in all competitions but the manager, and Chapman, are refusing to become complacent.

"It's four games in two weeks," Kerr said. "That's a tough ask for any team. They are fit, sharp and we will try to utilise the players as best as we can to keep that freshness going into each game. We know every match will be hard for us."

Chapman added: "I'm quite confident but we have to take every game as it comes. Everyone wants to beat Arsenal and it is going to be tough. We can't take our foot off the pedal. We've got to go into every game wanting to win and score goals."

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Nik Brumsack 31 Aug 2013