By Lloyd Webb
Leah Williamson says Arsenal Ladies are prepared for a physical battle against Notts County in the Continental Cup final.
The Gunners are familiar with the Lady Magpies, having played them twice in the Women’s Super League this season, beating them 2-1 and drawing 1-1.
Williamson says Arsenal can expect a robust challenge in Sunday's final at New York Stadium.
"We are in a position to compete and we have to give respect to our opponent and not concede first"
“I think they do have threats and we are aware of them and we will try to suppress them as much as possible but we know they have a very physical and competitive game,” she told Arsenal.com.
“We know we need to match them on the pitch and we have enough talent of the pitch - the way we play will give us a win in the end.
"They have got quite a few players that can play a long-range pass or shoot, which is definitely something to be aware of. They have strength and pace up front like Rachel Williams so we have stop those players and mark them out of the game.
“We went 1-0 down against them and drew in the last minute and also in the second league game we went a goal down before coming back to win 2-1 so we have proven that if we are performing to our best we know how good we can be.
“We are in a position to compete and we have to give respect to our opponent and not concede first and give ourselves time. We have come back from defeat before so we believe we could do it again but it is a final so if you get that lead, you are going to do everything you can to defend it. The first goal is key.”
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