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Continental Cup 2018

The 2017/18 season marks the 30th anniversary of women’s football at Arsenal – and what a 30 years it’s been.

We were founded in 1987 by Vic Akers, who during a 22-year stint as manager led us to a stunning 33 major trophies and revolutionised the women’s game in this country.

We won our first trophy – the Premier League Cup – in 1992, and followed that up by winning a domestic treble the following season. 

Akers’ total haul included three domestic trebles, 12 Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and 10 League Cups. There was also a historic campaign a decade ago in which we won an unprecedented quadruple, becoming the first – and so far only – British team to claim the UEFA Women’s Cup (before it was rebranded as the Women’s Champions League).

That was a truly unique season. We won all 22 of our league games, scoring 119 goals and conceding just ten, swept all before us in the cups and were crowned European champions after beating Swedish side Umea 1-0 in a two-legged final. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, we actually won another two trophies that season: the now-defunct Community Shield and London County FA Women’s Cup.

That historic campaign came in the middle of a spell of unprecedented success during which we won nine consecutive league titles. And although we haven’t won the league since 2012, we had until 2017 won a trophy every season since 2003. 

We did manage an unbeaten Spring Series campaign to finish third, one point behind champions Chelsea and Manchester City, and but for Liverpool’s late equaliser in a thrilling 4-4 draw would have taken the title. Even better, we have the Continental Cup back in the trophy cabinet after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the 2018 final.

The current squad is an exciting blend of youth and experience, featuring English, Scottish and Irish internationals, four of the Dutch players who won the 2017 Women’s Euros and young stars who have come through the ranks here.

On top of that we traditionally dominate the English game at youth level, and also have an FA WSL Development Squad and sides at U17, U15, U13, U11 and U9 levels.

Arsenal Women Information

Formed 1987
Members Women's Super League
  FA Reserve Section
Honorary President Vic Akers OBE
General Manager Clare Wheatley
First-team Manager Joe Montemurro
Assistant Coach Aaron D’Antino
GK Coach Steve Smith
Scout Kelly Smith
Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach Jermaine McCubbine
Assistant First Team/Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach Fran Silver
Doctor Jo Price
Lead Physiotherapist Sam Blanchard
Assistant First Team/Academy Physio Rose Glendinning
Psychologist TBC
Football Operations Officer Angela Cuerden
Non-Football Operations Officer Lauren Chester
Academy Operations / Kit Officer Holly Skinner
Academy Manager Tessa Payne
Academy Head Coach Lauren Phillips
Academy Assistant Coach Elliot Allum
Development Officer Tom Hartley
Marketing Officer Faye White
Marketing Officer Phoebe Marshall

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS

England
Alex Scott
Jordan Nobbs
Danielle Carter
Beth Mead
Leah Williamson

Republic of Ireland
Katie McCabe
Louise Quinn

Scotland
Kim Little
Emma Mitchell
Lisa Evans

Netherlands
Sari van Veenendaal
Dominique Janssen
Danielle Van de Donk
Vivianne Miedema

Germany
Josi Henning

Sweden
Jessica Samuelsson

Club Sponsors
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Additional Sponsors
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Pre-Match Report

Ladies: Bristol v Arsenal - Preview

We go into our final game of the Spring Series with a possibility of lifting the trophy.

Ahead of kick-off we sit in third, just one point off of top spot but with table-topping Chelsea boasting a 19-goal superior goal difference.

To clinch the title we must win at Bristol City, with Chelsea failing to win at Birmingham City and Manchester City dropping points at Liverpool.

Aside from the title race, we have the chance to become the only side to finish the Spring Series unbeaten, should we avoid defeat on Saturday.

THE OPPOSITION

Bristol sit second-bottom of the table, having won just one of their seven Spring Series fixtures.

The Vixens are the second-lowest scorers in the competition, having found the net just five times, while conceding 16 goals.

Last time out they lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea.

ONE TO WATCH

Jordan Nobbs has arguably been the star of our Spring Series campaign.

The tenacious midfielder has repeatedly come up with match-winning moments and dictates play from her deep midfield position.

During the 1-0 win over Reading on Wednesday night, Nobbs was named captain for the first time, but Alex Scott is expected to return to the starting lineup this time around.

 

 

 

 

FOLLOW THE ACTION

We’ll be providing live updates on the action on Twitter - @ArsenalLadies

Kick-off is at 3.30pm.