Pedro Martinez Losa believes Rachel Yankey will be central to this season’s Women’s Super League title race.
The England winger returned from a lengthy spell out injured to score from the spot as Arsenal beat Watford 3-0 in their Continental Cup opener on Thursday.
Yankey was the most experienced player in a youthful side and Losa says that the Gunners’ four teenage debutants can learn a lot from the 35-year-old.
"We obviously want to keep the experienced players here as long as we can, playing at a high level of competition"
“It was important for us to see Rachel and a couple more experienced players on the pitch, and she performed very well,” he told Arsenal.com. “It was a way to give her confidence and more minutes to see if she could be ready to compete in Sunday’s league game at a good level.
“We have a lot of experienced players like Rachel, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney and Kelly Smith who have a key role in this team. We obviously want to keep them here as long as we can, playing at a high level of competition.
“Not only that, but the character, leadership and mentality they bring to the team is very important in teaching those young players what being at a club like Arsenal means.
“We are going into a big moment in the season and it’s good for us to be in a position where we can win trophies. At the moment we are in a good position to be at the top of the table, where last year this may not have happened. We need our experienced players to help us maintain this momentum.”
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