Pre-Match Report

WSL: Chelsea v Arsenal - Preview

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith insists Arsenal Ladies are full of confidence as they seek to complete a treble over Chelsea on Wednesday.

The Gunners, WSL champions in 2011 and 2012, made a poor start to the season, losing three of their opening four league games, although they did win the FA Women’s Cup, beating Chelsea 5-3 along the way.

Securing that trophy appears to have started a renaissance at Meadow Park, with Arsenal defeating defending champions Liverpool in their last WSL game before comprehensive 3-0, 7-0 and 4-0 victories over Chelsea, London Bees and Millwall respectively in the Continental Cup.

Smith’s side remain second bottom, but the striker hopes they will be able to take advantage of any uncertainties Chelsea may have.

“We have nothing to fear against Chelsea,” Smith said. “They are a very good side but we are full of confidence.

“We won our last league game but that doesn’t mean anything - we’re still not in a good position in the league. We have to keep pushing on and make our mentality right.

“We played Chelsea in the FA Cup so we know their style of play and what they’re about.

“I think their squad is still trying to gel and get the right balance. They’ve brought in a few new players so it could take them a while to learn the system.

“But we are fully committed as a club and everybody here wants to do well.”

With thanks to Jonny Green

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