By Nik Brumsack
Katie Chapman has paid tribute to the spirit of her Arsenal Ladies team-mates after they sealed a domestic double with victory over Birmingham on Wednesday night.
After a host of chances were missed, Kim Little’s wonder goal nine minutes from time finally gave Laura Harvey’s side victory in a game they had controlled for large parts.
Speaking at full time, Chapman praised the team’s strong-mindedness, which she believes also helped them go through the Women’s Super League season undefeated.
“As a team we’re resilient,” she told Arsenal.com. “It could have been one of those games where you have all the chances and they go up the other end and score. But we kept going, stuck to the game plan and got the goal from Kim.
“Wednesday night and winning the league are the memories that really stand out from the season,” Chapman added. “We wanted to win the league because it’s about consistency and showing you can be champions.
“Against Birmingham we wanted to prove why we’re champions and make sure we kept hold of the Continental Cup as well.”
Arsenal have dominated English football for the past decade, but Chapman says the squad will not rest until they have recaptured the Women’s Champions League title they won in 2007, when it was known as the UEFA Women’s Cup.
“We’ve got to look forward and keep wanting to win,” she said. “The reason we play is to win things and progress and hopefully we can continue to do that.
“We’re hunting for the Champions League too, so to do well in that would be nice. It’s going to be a really tough game [against Potsdam] but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.
“We’re going to really focus on the tie and hopefully we can progress through it.”Copyright 2017 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