By Chris Harris
Rachel Yankey believes Arsenal can summon the spirit of the FA Cup when they face Everton in Sunday's title decider.
Vic Akers' side beat Sunderland at Pride Park on Monday to lift that trophy for the 10th time in 10 Final appearances, but a much tougher task awaits them this weekend.
The defending champions must win on Merseyside to retain their Premier League crown and complete a domestic treble. Any other result will see the trophy leave north London for the first time since 2003.
Everton will start as favourites after ending Arsenal's 108-match unbeaten League record in March but, with so much at stake, Yankey is backing the Gunners to prevail. She thinks Arsenal's knack of rising to the big occasion will hold them in good stead on Sunday.
"Really it’s a one-off game, it’s like a Cup Final and we’re good at them, so you never know," Yankey told Arsenal.com.
"This is a Club that produces big players and big players want to play on the biggest stage of all. In a Cup Final everyone wants to perform and to win so, over the years, that's why Arsenal keep rising to the occasion. I'm confident we can do that again at Everton.
"We also want to win the title for Vic. It's his last game in charge and it’s sad it’s coming to an end but we wanted to win the FA Cup for him. Now we’ll go into the Everton game and give everything and try our best to win the treble for him."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