This has been the strangest of seasons for Laura Harvey.

The Arsenal Ladies manager might have expected to be in the thick of a congested fixture list right now but, instead, she has just taken charge of her fifth competitive game since last May.

That win at Everton on Sunday in the FA Women's Cup represented the first domestic fixture for ten months thanks to the advent of the Women's Super League, which starts on April 13.

First, Laura and her team must negotiate the next step on the road to, er, Craven Cottage.

The Women's Champions League Final takes place at the home of Fulham in May and a win over Swedish side Linkopings would edge the 2007 winners closer to a repeat.

The Arsenal Ladies boss sat down for an exclusive interview ahead of Thursday's first leg at Boreham Wood FC and you can watch this FREE clip by clicking on the PLAY button above.

Laura discussed:

  • waiting so long for competitive football
  • learning lessons from the Rayo Vallecano tie
  • what she knows about Linkopings
  • the Swedish team's biggest dangers
  • the blend of youth and experience in her squad
  • Arsenal's Champions League prospects

Click on the PLAY button above to watch this FREE clip.

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