By Oliver Yew

Arsenal captain Faye White believes her side has what it takes to challenge for honours at the end of the season.

The Gunners, who have won nine of the last ten league titles, got their FA Women’s Super League campaign off to the best possible start with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea but they did not have it all their own way.

Nonetheless England skipper White insists her side will still be the team to beat despite the increasingly competitive eight-team league.

“It was a close game and both teams worked extremely hard," she said. “Chelsea didn’t make it easy for us and that’s what this league is all about.

“But we are not going to suddenly not perform and not want to win. We are still ambitious and we always want to be challenging for honours at the end of the season.”

After all the build up to the WSL, White was delighted to finally get the league underway on the pitch.

“It has been such a long time coming but after the wait it was very enjoyable," she said. “The atmosphere and occasion surrounding the game is really great to be involved in and the girls will enjoy that.

“With the music and the good fans it gives a vibe and a buzz around women’s football. We are delighted it’s finally underway and that we got the win."

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14 Apr 2011