By Lloyd Webb
Natalia doesn’t mind being closely marked by opponents - as it gives her team-mates more freedom to attack.
The Arsenal Ladies forward received special attention from the Birmingham City defence in Sunday's Continental Cup semi-final victory at Meadow Park.
Natalia admits it was tough for her at times, but is happy to sacrifice her own game if it helps the team.
“It was frustrating for me when you're always surrounded by three players and you think you are always running,” she told Arsenal.com. “You have to press when there are a lot of people around you so it was a bit frustrating.
“I think they forgot they are playing a proper team and only focused on me.
“They really focused on me but Dan Carter and Marta Corredera were the danger outside. I think it is okay for me if I’m marked by three players, all the other players are free.”
Natalia is determined to end the season on a high note when the Gunners take on Notts County in the final on November 1.
“We were fighting for the league until the end and maybe our worst competition was the FA Cup but I think Arsenal have to win trophies and we are up for it,” she said.
“I think we are going to go there and try to bring the trophy back home. They lost the [FA Cup] final and I think we need to win this time to get a great end to the season.”
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