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Scott - How I like to prepare for finals

Alex Scott

Alex Scott is no stranger to cup finals.

The former England international has represented us in more than 10 deciders, helping us lift 21 trophies across all competitions in the process.
Among those accolades, Scott has won the FA WSL Continental Cup on three occasions and, ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with Manchester City, has revealed how she will be preparing for her chance to lift this trophy for the fourth time.
“I would say that generally I’m calm before going out to games,” she told Arsenal.com “I don’t get nervous, I like to be in a changing room with music going on and everything.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m hyped up, but I do like the atmosphere to be laid back with everyone having a good time. I understand that everyone has their own thing going on, but before a game I’m excited, ready to out there and play, and I’m excited to walk out for the moment to start.
“At the moment, the weirdest ritual I’ve seen is Sari, our goalkeeper,” added Scott. “Because she’s always juggling before a game. But the thing I have noticed is that she always has different juggling balls - they’re not always the same.”

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Pre-Match Report

Arsenal v Manchester City: The Brief

Leah Williamson

As the most successful team in the competition’s history, we have the chance to lift a record fifth FA WSL Continental Cup on Wednesday evening, but a tough test stands in our way.

Manchester City - the only other team to have won the trophy since 2011 - have lost just two games in all competitions this season, and are yet to concede a single goal in this knockout phase so far.
There’s no understating the magnitude of the task Joe Montemurro’s side face at Adams Park but, given our recent seven-game unbeaten streak, we’re heading into this match in good form too.
We’ll need to maintain that fearless mentality and, ahead of the game, we preview the match with a look at how we reached the final, a view of the opposition, one to watch and a look back at the last time we faced Manchester City at this stage of the competition.


After finishing second in a group containing Watford, Millwall Lionesses, London Bees and Reading - the only side to beat us - we were drawn against Group One North winners Sunderland in the quarter-finals.
Jordan Nobbs, Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead all scored that afternoon as we beat the Black Cats 3-1 at Meadow Park to set up a final-four clash with Reading. But this time, we would come out on top against the Royals.

Beth Mead

Mead struck again to cancel out Brooke Chaplen’s early opener, but Reading hit back with 20 minutes left through Lauren Bruton. With the game heading into the closing stages, Miedema scored before Nobbs netted an 82nd-minute winner to book our place in the final.
Manchester City, on the other hand, had a much more routine journey to Wednesday’s decider. After cruising through the group stage with four wins from four, Nick Cushing’s side bypassed Bristol City and Chelsea to reach their third Continental Cup final in four years.


Going strong in the Women’s Super League, Continental Cup and SSE Women’s Cup, Manchester City have been a dominant force this season.
Nikita Parris has undoubtedly been their key player so far, netting nine goals in 17 appearances this season, while Claire Emslie and FA WSL Player of the Month Georgia Stanway have also chipped in with six strikes each.

Georgia Stanway

The latter is having a season to remember. Just 19 years old, Stanway scored an unstoppable late goal as City clinched a dramatic draw against title rivals Chelsea, before she received her first-ever call-up to the England Lionesses’ SheBelieves Cup squad.
Despite their abundance of attacking talent, though, Birmingham proved there is a blueprint to beat Cushing’s side. Blocking the lines through to City’s forwards and pouncing on defensive errors, Birmingham won 2-0 against the run of play. If we are to have the same success on Wednesday, we will need to be just as clinical.


We were made to pay for our profligacy in front of goal back in the 2014 Continental Cup final. Chasing our fourth consecutive title, a combination of missed chances, Karen Bardsley’s saves and Isobel Christiansen’s towering header saw us slip to defeat at Adams Park, as City secured their first major honour.

Arsenal Women v Man City (2014)

Since then, they have lifted the Continental Cup a second time, won their first-ever Women’s Super League title and were also crowned FA Women’s Cup champions last May.
While the spine of City’s team has largely stayed the same during that time, just five of our matchday squad from that 2014 final are still at the club, while Joe Montemurro has also taken over as our manager since then.


One of those players is Leah Williamson. Our Centre of Excellence graduate started in midfield on that night, but expect her to line up at centre back on Wednesday evening.
The England youth international bounced back from that cup final heartbreak to help us lift the trophy the following season, starring in an unfamiliar role at left back, and her career has continued on an upward trajectory ever since.

Despite being sidelined for brief periods over the past couple of seasons, Williamson has always responded strongly and after forcing her way back into our starting XI, was called up to England’s senior team for the first time back in November.
Still only 20, Williamson has already made 73 first-team appearances and knows exactly what it takes to deliver on the biggest stage of all.


We will be providing live updates on our Twitter account - @ArsenalWFC
Kick-off at Adams Park is at 7pm (UK time) - and you can watch the game LIVE on the FA WSL’s Facebook page here


Carter - My favourite cup final memory

Danielle Carter with the FA Women's Cup

Danielle Carter has played in her fair share of cup finals, but one memory in particular stands out.

The England forward was the matchwinner at Wembley as we overcame Chelsea to lift a record 14th FA Cup in 2016, and is hoping to experience the same emotions in Wednesday’s FA WSL Continental Cup final against Manchester City.
“My fondest memory is probably the last FA Cup final that we were in,” she told Arsenal.com. “That was quite a special day. I think I might have scored!

“That was a good day and I had quite a lot of family there too, so it was good for me to be able to score at Wembley in front of them all, and get the win for another trophy.
“I actually had to sort out 70 tickets [beforehand]! All for friends and family, no joke. There was a lot of pressure on me! It went from me telling my mum that we needed to submit our forms, thinking she’ll say five or 10, but then she came back with a whole list of people.”

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Arsenal train ahead of Continental Cup final

Kim Little shoots in training ahead of the Continental Tyres Cup final

It's almost time for Arsenal Women's Continental Tyres Cup final - and Joe Montemurro's side continued their preparations with a training session on Monday afternoon.

Our club photographer was there too, and sent back these pictures.


‘The hard work’s done, now let’s finish it off’

Leah Williamson accepts there will be nerves when we line up against Manchester City, but says we have enough big-game experience to cope with the cup-final pressure.

The England Under-23 international lifted the FA WSL Continental Cup in 2015, having helped us reach the final a year earlier, and will still get the same buzz before Wednesday’s decider at Adams Park.
“It’s really special for me,” Williamson told Arsenal.com. “It’s great to see your shirt hung up before a game but you’ve just got to stay calm. By the time you walk out to the final, you’re already buzzing to be there. It’s just about settling down and enjoying it. The hard work’s done, you’ve just got to finish it off.
“It’s nice to see your shirt in the changing room. I’ve grown up at Arsenal and support Arsenal, so from being a kid and buying a kit on release day when I got somebody else’s name on my back, it’s nice to have my own.
“I think that was the biggest thing for my mum, when I signed for Arsenal, she couldn’t quite believe it. My brother couldn’t quite fit it on the back of his shirt because he was too small as we’ve got too many letters in our surname!”

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Internationals: Sari and Dominique win Algarve Cup

Sari van Veenendaal lifts the Algarve Cup

Sari van Veenendaal and Dominique Janssen’s Netherlands were crowned joint-champions of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday evening.

The duo were set to line up against Sweden in the competition’s final, but the match was called off due to heavy rainfall and, as a result, both teams were awarded first place.
It means that the Netherlands finish the tournament unbeaten, after winning their opening two games against Japan and Denmark before drawing with Iceland.
Lisa Evans was also in action, playing 66 minutes of Scotland’s win over New Zealand on Tuesday morning.
Jane Ross gave them the lead before Fiona Brown doubled their advantage in the second half, as Scotland beat New Zealand 2-0 for the second consecutive match in Pinatar.

Lisa Evans


Family fun day coaching taster sessions

As part of our family fun day activities, our community team will be running free girls’ coaching taster sessions on Sunday, April 1. 

The sessions will take place at:

10.30am - 11.15am: Girls aged between 7 and 10
11.15am - 12pm: Girls aged between 11 and 14

You can register for a place here, and the deadline for applying is Friday, March 23. Confirmation will be sent the week commencing Monday, March 26.

The day will also include player appearances, giveaways, an Easter egg hunt and much, much more!

Then afterwards you can come along to see us take on Chelsea Ladies (12.30pm kick-off) in the FA Women's Super League.
Match tickets are available here