By Giuseppe Muro
Vic Akers believes having Katie Chapman back is great news for everyone involved with Arsenal Ladies both on and off the pitch.
Chapman is one of the most decorated players in the English game but, more than that, she brings an infectious enthusiasm that the General Manager insists can only be a positive thing for Laura Harvey’s side as they look to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.
The sturdy midfielder re-joined from Chicago Red Stars in October and Akers, for one, is delighted to have her back.
“It’s great for us, great for the Club and great for the girls that are around her,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I think you miss someone like Kate because she’s a bundle of energy all the time. To have her energy levels back and her enthusiasm will be a big lift for the team.
“I think Laura will be delighted to have her. We’re delighted to have secured her signing, we discussed [the move] at length and she said she really wanted to come back.
“It took me long enough to sign her [initially from Charlton] and I was disappointed when she left but she left for a reason that she thought was going to better herself.”
The England international made 103 appearances in her previous spell at the Club and this vast experience is something manager Harvey feels will no doubt benefit the younger members of the squad.
“Kate is in her mid to late 20s so she brings us that little bit of experience to mix in with the youth we’ve brought in. I think that’s massive for where we want to go and what we want to achieve.
“You need to have those young and enthusiastic players but if you can have that bit of experience to go with that it’s priceless.”Copyright 2016 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