By Declan Taylor
Departed duo Kelly Smith and Alex Scott have hailed the infrastructure in place at Arsenal Ladies.
The pair signed off in style at last week’s 5-0 Women’s League Cup Final victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles and have since joined up with the England Ladies squad for the Cyprus Cup that runs until March 12. Immediately after the tournament, the pair will join up with their new club the Boston Breakers.
Before they left, both players paid tribute to the set-up in place at their former Club before looking ahead to their American adventure.
“The way Arsenal Ladies run from top to bottom is just so professional,” Smith said after last week’s victory. “They are well supported by the men’s club and it’s a pleasure and an honour to play for them.
“I think we’re head and shoulders above everybody, just in terms of the players we have individually. We all work hard for each other and want the same goals. There’s a winning mentality installed at the top. Vic Akers has been involved for over 20 years and he wants nothing but wins each week. The unbeaten record is still there and long may it continue.
“In America I’d like to be training every day on a ball and it will be a little bit more competitive out there than it is in our domestic league. The challenge is there to win the league with Boston Breakers.”
Scott echoed her teammate’s sentiments both in her hopes as a professional footballer and in the unequivocal praise of the Arsenal set-up.
“Well I’m going to be on a ball every day so it will improve my game,” said the right back. “I just want to take it to the next level so when I hopefully come back to Arsenal in a few years I’ll be a much better player.
“There’s such a good structure at Arsenal from the academy to the first team. The game is always improving and long may it continue – it’s going in the right direction.
“We’ve signed a new player who scored tonight. Then there are all the young players coming through.”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