Pre-Match Report

Ladies: Arsenal v Birmingham - Preview

Josephine Henning

By Lloyd Webb

Josephine Henning knows that good things come to those who wait.

The defender had to be patient for two months before making her Arsenal debut, but she made an instant impression during the 2-1 victory against Reading last week.

Henning has previously played in France and Germany and won three Champions League titles during that time, but says the transition to English football was simple with the help of her new team-mates.

"You always have to have an eye on every team in the Women’s Super League. It would be arrogant to say it is just this team or that team. That is not our style"

Josephine Henning

“It was easy because I’m living in a house with five people,” she told Arsenal.com. “I’m with Jemma Rose, Dan Carter, Jordan Nobbs and Katie McCabe so it is a big house.

“They made it easier for me to get involved with the team and have a chat with the girls before and after training. All of them are really nice and that has made it easier for me.

“English teams are different, as they try to press teams with 11 players in the opposition’s half. You will see that sometimes in France and Germany, but sometimes teams sit back and that is really different. They try to press, and if a team can’t play well, they will be really aggressive."

Arsenal face Birmingham City on Sunday in the Women’s Super League, having already beaten them on penalties in the Women’s FA Cup this season, and Henning is keen to build on her showing for the club.

“It feels really good to make my debut but there are always things to improve on,” she said. “It was really nice to finally play a league game. I didn’t think there would be many spectators, but it turns out we had quite a few.

“I want to take away the good things from that game and try to focus on what I can improve on. I think for the whole team it is important to see Birmingham as a new chance. We are on a good path now and we have so much potential. We need to take things seriously so we are prepared for Wembley.

“You always have to have an eye on every team in the Women’s Super League. It would be arrogant to say it is just this team or that team. That is not our style. We heard a few things about players, but individually and as a team, they are the near the top. They can be dangerous so we will keep that in mind.”

Follow @ArsenalLadies on Twitter from 1.55pm (UK time) on Sunday for live updates from the game at Meadow Park.

Josephine Henning

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