spoke to Arsenal Ladies’ striker Ellen White on Wednesday ahead of their crucial clash with Liverpool on Sunday, which could see them lift the inaugural Women’s Super League title.

Ellen, you could lift the trophy this weekend if you win, how are you feeling ahead of the game?
Obviously it is exciting, but it’s kind of an anti-climax that the league is ending. I think we are all ready for it and we know that it is in our hands now.

We have been chasing Birmingham for so long, but now it is just nice that it is in our own hands and we can potentially win the league. I know everyone is really excited and I hope we can just put in a good performance and win the title.

Liverpool have struggled this season but how much of a threat do you think they can still pose?
They can definitely pose a threat. The league table might show that they are bottom but it doesn’t always gauge exactly how good a team they are. I think if we all stick together as a team and put in a good performance together we will be OK.

Even if we don’t necessarily play well and get the three points – maybe score an early goal - we don’t mind as long as we get the win really.

But they are a really hard-working and enthusiastic team, and they are quite young as well. I’m really looking forward to it.

What do you think it would mean to the team as a whole to win the title?

It will mean a lot to us. We have got quite a new team with the fact we that have brought in quite a few new players such as myself, and we are a relatively young side too with some experience throughout.
It would just be a great achievement for us, together with the Semi-Finals of the Champions League last season and winning the FA Cup. They are amazing achievements and it would be great to win the first WSL. I’d be really pleased to win my first league title.

Describe Laura Harvey’s influence on the team’s success this year?
She is just a brilliant manager, she is really down to earth and has been great throughout. She just tells us exactly what we need to do and when it needs to happen, it is brilliant.

I think she has just made us progress under her. The first part of the season wasn’t our best but we have grown into our own a little bit more now in the second part.

I definitely have a lot of respect for her and she is a great manager for us. 

On a personal level, how do you feel the season has gone for you?
I have just been really pleased to be part of the squad and being part of Arsenal. I played for them a bit when I was a little bit younger but this is different.

Personally I have never won anything major in women’s football, so this and playing in the Champions League will be great experiences. Hopefully we can just win the title on Sunday. It’s been a good year so far!

Do you feel the new-look Women’s Super League has boosted the profile of women’s football?
I think a lot more people are standing up and recognising women’s football on its own now. We are getting a bit more media coverage now which really helps and hopefully a lot more people are playing and getting involved.

I think it has definitely progressed in terms of the media’s presence and more people taking notice of us, which is what we wanted. It’s still really competitive, but there is definitely still a lot more we can work on.

You also have the Women’s Champions League to look forward to, how confident are you heading into the tournament?
It’s brilliant. It’s a whole new level and I have heard so many people say it’s a completely different ball game to league football. I don’t think you really understand until you are a part of it.

I’m just really excited. The draw was made yesterday (Arsenal Ladies have been drawn against FC Bobruichanka of Belarus), so I think we are all confident going into that. Everybody is just really looking forward to it – we just want to do ourselves proud again.

It’s a big title we all want to win as a team, just to say that you’ve won the Champions League. We are aiming for a big performance in our first game and hopefully we can progress to the next round.

Kim Little has enjoyed another good season in front of goal – how important do you think she will be in the Champions League?
She has been terrific as ever and she is definitely a major player for us. Hopefully she can just put in another big performance for us.

But I think everyone has done well and we have all just grown into the season. Everybody needs to be on their game to win the Champions League because it’s a completely different ball game.

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27 Aug 2011