By Joe Brewin
Faye White admits Arsenal Ladies must be on top of their game for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League quarter-final first leg against Gothenburg.
Laura Harvey’s side kicked off their domestic campaign with an FA Cup win over Lincoln on Sunday but must now turn their attentions to European football at Borehamwood.
Gothenburg head to Meadow Park with a familiar face among their ranks in former Gunner Anita Asante, and White is relishing the challenge.
“It is a step up because most of the players in most of the teams are internationals at this stage of the tournament,” the defender told Arsenal Player.
“In the first rounds we can be winning 9-0 against teams from Belarus and Serbia but this phase is a lot tougher and is like an international match. The players pretty much have to start at a high fitness level not only individually but as a team as well.
“It is a strong Swedish league. We haven't played them before but we know some of their national players because we have played Sweden quite a lot of times.
“We hear they have just signed a former player of ours, Anita Asante, so it will be interesting coming up against her. It will be nice to see her again too.
“I know Laura will certainly look over them at their strengths and weaknesses. I think the good thing is that a lot of our players have experiences against these players internationally and in the first few years of this tournament we didn't really ever have that luxury.
“As the game has developed, as we have played better teams and as we have developed on the international stage we get to know more about them.”
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