Ellen White says the steady improvement of the Women’s Super League means it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Arsenal Ladies to win trophies.
The Ladies are hunting their 10th straight league title, after winning the Women’s Premier League between 2004 and 2010, and then sealing the WSL title in the first two years since its inception in 2011.
It’s a lot closer now. Every game its harder and harder, so it’s never a foregone conclusion that we’re going to win the leagueEllen White
A host of teams have strengthened their squads over the winter, which, according to White, will make it harder for Arsenal to retain their league and Continental Cup crowns.
“It definitely makes the whole league more competitive,” the striker told Arsenal.com. “Gone are the days when Arsenal used to beat teams 10-0 in the league.
“It’s a lot closer now. Every game its harder and harder, so it’s never a foregone conclusion that we’re going to win the league. We have to fight harder to retain our title.
“Everton and Birmingham are still up there, but Lincoln and Chelsea are really pushing them and Liverpool have definitely strengthened their team as well.
“There have been quite a few moves with Eni [Aluko] going to Chelsea. Karen Bardsley, England’s No 1, has gone to Lincoln, so that’s strengthened their side as well.
“We’re going into the third season now and all the teams have got stronger and more competitive. We know it’s going to be another tough season and we’re hoping that we can retain our title again.”Copyright 2013 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 27 Feb 2013