By Connor Armstrong
There’s more than just a little sense of deja vu for Jordan Nobbs as she prepares to face Manchester City in this weekend’s Continental Cup semi-final.
The England midfielder has returned to Pedro Martinez Losa’s side at a crucial time in the season and wants to repeat last year’s feat of coming back to inspire them to cup success.
The Gunners head to Manchester on Sunday ahead of a repeat of last year's quarter-final, with Losa's side picking up a 1-0 win on that occasion, and Nobbs is looking to replicate her form in last season's competition.
“Unfortunately football has its side-effects of getting injured and it’s something you’ve just got to take as a player,” she told Arsenal.com.
“I came back from injury again last year and played a few games before the final, so it was a great moment for me to get some goals. I hope that when it comes to the big games like that I can keep stepping up and be a major part of this team.
“One thing with Arsenal is we’ve won trophies for the past however many years, which shows that when it comes to pressure games, we are good at that,” she added.
“The FA Cup final was a massive game at Wembley and it was probably one of our best performances of the season. The same with the Continental Cup, we’ve won it four times out of five. We don’t take it for granted, we definitely know how to win under pressure but first it’s Man City and we’ll just take each game as it comes.
"We’ve won trophies for the past however many years, which shows that when it comes to pressure games, we are good at that"
“They’ve not lost a game yet so it shows how strong they are as a team and how much they’ve developed over the last few years. They’ve been kind of tapping at the title race for a few years now and they’re always going to be a hard team to play against.
“They’ve got great internationals that I obviously play with for England so we know what they can do and their strengths, but hopefully we’ll be prepared enough to utilise that and win the game. We’ve done it before.”
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