By Nik Brumsack
Kelly Smith says she is determined to round off a frustrating year by helping Arsenal Ladies to win yet more silverware.
The striker returned to Arsenal in March following three years in America but has seen a series of injuries, including a three month lay-off with an ankle problem, limit her playing time this season.
Smith has returned to fitness now, and after helping Laura Harvey’s team win the Women’s Super League title, she is eager to seal a domestic double with victory in Wednesday’s Continental Cup final against Birmingham at Underhill.
“This Club is all about winning trophies to me,” Smith told Arsenal.com.
“We have that winning mentality and know how to get the job done. We’ve got a strong squad of players, and if some aren’t doing their jobs, there will be players on the bench waiting to prove they should have started.
“There’s a lot of competition for places but we should hopefully pick up the cup on Wednesday.
“It’s important that we start well and play well as a team,” Smith added.
“I think we’re more than capable of doing it - it’s just turning up and performing on the day.”
Smith has started Arsenal’s last two games after recovering from a quad strain that kept her on the sidelines for three weeks.
And with fellow strikers Ellen White and Jennifer Beattie in fine goalscoring form, the 33-year-old insists she just wants the Ladies to win the game, regardless of whether she starts.
“Jennifer Beattie has come on in the last few games and scored a hat-trick against Barcelona, so if I don’t start I understand the reasons why,” Smith said.
“She’s been a real goal threat when she’s come on. If I don’t start and can make an impact coming off the bench, I’m more than happy to do that.”
But whatever the result on Wednesday, Smith, in her third spell at the Club, says she sees her long-term future with Arsenal.
“I love the Club and the people that work for the Club. It’s always been my No 1 club. I see myself being a part of it next year and hopefully going out on all fronts again to win everything.”10 Oct 2012