Byrne - The FA Cup is huge for us

Emma Byrne
Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne has described the FA Cup final as the "biggest" game on the women's football calendar and is desperate to claim her ninth winner's medal when Arsenal face Everton on Sunday.

Despite an indifferent start to their league campaign, the Gunners have hit top form in this year's FA Cup and have the chance to lift the trophy for the 13th time on Sunday.

Byrne has been on the bench for all of Arsenal's games en route to the final but the Irish goalkeeper insists being on the winning side is all she will be worried about on Sunday.

"I think it will be a really, really good game, and hopefully an open game for the fans to enjoy"

"The FA Cup is huge for us," she said. "The final is probably the best game of the season. It’s something that we look to be involved in every year and it’s only when you’re not involved in the final that you realise how much it means to you.

"Two of our main objectives every season is to get to this final and to win it, so when we don’t achieve that it does eat away at you until the following season.

"Every player is in the game to win things and I’m no different. Maybe I should think about the times we won it more, but that’s what drives me on.

"You know every game will be tough and that’s what The FA Cup is all about. You have to beat the best teams to win it. As soon as we drew Birmingham we knew it was going to be a hard game so I was glad that we could get that Champions League defeat out of our system. We had the bit between our teeth and we were itching to get through.

"We knew the Chelsea game would be huge because of all the signings they have made and because of the ex-Arsenal players that have gone there. We have certainly had to play to our best to get to here. We have really earned it this year.

"We have done our homework on Everton and we are well prepared for it. I think it will be a really, really good game, and hopefully an open game for the fans to enjoy."

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