By Nik Brumsack
Gemma Davison says she is overjoyed to be winning trophies with Arsenal again and feels she has “come home”.
The winger returned to the Club in March after a two-year hiatus in America, and played a prominent role in helping Laura Harvey’s side seal a prestigious league and Continental Cup double.
Davison is in her fourth spell with Arsenal, and believes the close bond she has with the Club was the deciding factor in her move back across the Atlantic.
“I feel like I’ve come home. Arsenal has always been a part of me and I missed the girls every day when I was away,” she told Arsenal.com.
“America was a great experience but here it goes deeper than just playing football.
“The girls are my friends and a lot of them have seen me grow up over the years - the Club is like family and it’s great to be back.
“I think it was difficult coming back and understandably so,” Davison added.
“The girls did so well last year so I had to come in and work hard for my place.
“I’ve been on a roll of consistent games but we have such a strong squad so I know that if I’m not doing the job, someone else will.”
Davison featured in every game as Arsenal became the first side to go through a Women’s Super League season unbeaten, and she says being reunited with fellow winger and childhood hero Rachel Yankey has helped her improve.
“I remember watching Rachel when I was about 11 and she was my favourite player,” Davison said.
“Her attitude is brilliant and so is the way she approaches a game. On and off the pitch she’s an inspiration. She’s stayed at the highest level for so long and it’s no wonder.“
Despite an impressive campaign at club level, Davison was not named in Hope Powell’s England squad for this month’s game against France. But the 25-year-old is not giving up on adding to the solitary England cap she earned over three years ago.
“I think we all know that I’d love to get back in the England squad,” she said. “It’s nice to cheer the girls on but I’d love to be a part of it myself.
“But I want to win trophies with Arsenal too - the Champions League is massive and winning that would be unbelievable for me.”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 11 Oct 2012