By Lloyd Webb
Casey Stoney says it is a dream to play at Wembley after Arsenal Ladies secured their place in the Women’s FA Cup final.
The Gunners beat Sunderland 7-0 in Sunday’s semi-final courtesy of a hat-trick from Danielle Van de Donk, Dan Carter’s brace, a Fara Williams penalty and Jordan Nobbs’ strike.
Pedro Martinez Losa’s side will now face Chelsea on May 14, and Stoney says the team can be proud of the way they reacted to Emma Mitchell's red card.
"We knew we had to win but now it's not just about going to Wembley, it's about going there and picking up a trophy"
“It’s not every day that you win 7-0, especially after having a player sent off,” she said. “It was a fantastic team performance.
“Even the players that came off the bench were outstanding, it was a real squad effort. Normally you go down to 10 and you panic, but we didn’t.
"We knew we were good enough and that we could move the ball. Everything just clicked. We've been looking for a performance like that for a while.
“I’m sure Sunderland will be very disappointed but they'll learn from it and we will move on to the final. Wembley is one of the most exciting things, you dream of playing there as a young girl and now we're there.
"We knew we had to win but now it's not just about going to Wembley, it's about going there and picking up a trophy.”
With thanks to Ryan Lewis