Arsène Wenger's squad have shown their support for Arsenal Ladies this week as the defending champions prepare for a new era in women's football.

The inaugural FA Women's Super League kicks off on Wednesday night with a London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal at Tooting and Mitcham United FC.

Live TV coverage, higher standards on and off the pitch and a summer schedule should all give the women's game a higher profile between now and the season's end in September.

"I hope it will increase the popularity of the women’s game," said Jens Lehmann.

"The male Premier League is very dominant all over the world but, as I have experienced when visiting schools, half of the children [playing] are girls.

"I think there will be plenty of room to develop women’s football. A lot of girls are playing at the moment and it will get bigger and bigger."

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