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Wemberlee, Wemberlee, We’re the Famous Arsenal and We’re Going to Wemberlee Ladies FA Cup Final preview Arsenal v Chelsea Sat 14 May 2016

by Andrew Crawshaw

Last year for the first time the Ladies FA Cup final was held at Wembley, the only trouble was that Arsenal weren’t there; Chelsea beat Notts County scoring the only goal to lift the trophy.

This year the Cup is again being contested at Wembley kick-off 14:00 on Saturday 14 May and Arsenal are there to play the current holders Chelsea.  Both teams entered the competition in the fifth round.  This is how they progressed to the final.

Round Arsenal Chelsea
5 beat Birmingham City (5 – 3 on penalties) after the teams were tied one all at fill time and the extra time failed to break the deadlock beat Doncaster Rovers 4 – 1
6 beat Notts County 2 – 0 beat Aston Villa 6 – 0
Semi-final beat Sunderland 7 – 0 beat Manchester City 2 – 1

The current WSL table is :-

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City Women 5 5 0 0 13 0 13 15
2 Chelsea Ladies FC 4 4 0 0 14 5 9 12
3 Arsenal Ladies FC 5 2 1 2 5 6 -1 7
4 Birmingham City Ladies 5 2 1 2 3 4 -1 7
5 Notts County Ladies FC 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 4
6 Liverpool Ladies FC 5 1 1 3 9 13 -4 4
7 Sunderland AFC Ladies 4 0 3 1 4 6 -2 3
8 Reading FC Women 5 0 3 2 6 9 -3 3
9 Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 0 0 3 2 12 -10 0

Chelsea, like Manchester City have 100% records, Arsenal are lagging some way behind following losses to both of them and a draw last time against Birmingham so I would suggest that Chelsea are probably most people’s favourites to win on Saturday.

In the league game against Chelsea, we lost by two goals to nil, Emma Kirby scoring both goals.  Chelsea were more physical and generally more dangerous and we just failed to convert our chances.  We had the ball in the Chelsea net but the referee had already whistled for a free kick to Arsenal, perhaps he could have waited a little longer to check on any advantage to us.  There isn’t a video of the game on Arsenal Player so it is difficult to tell.  There were also claims that there was a handball in the buildup to Chelsea’s second goal but again this wasn’t given.

Arsenal Skipper, Alex Scott interviewed on Arsenal Player was adamant that the game being played at Wembley is massive for ladies football in this country and that the team should just remember that they love playing football for Arsenal.  They should go out and enjoy themselves without worrying about the size of the crowd or who is watching.

Dan Carter one of our main attackers knows many of the Chelsea players at they were signed from Arsenal.  She said that we need to be focussed on our own game.  Yes Chelsea have a good front line and an excellent bench but we have learned from the mistakes we made in the league game and if we play to our strengths we are more than capable of winning the game.

Arsenal Team (and Beach)

GK – Sari van Veenendaal with Emma Byrne on the Bench

Right Back – Alex Scott (C)

Centre backs – Emma Mitchell, Casey Stoney, Josephine Henning (one on the bench)

Left Back – Jemma Rose or Marta Corredera

Midfield – Jordan Nobbs, Dominique Janssen, Marta Corredera, with Farah Williams, Vicky Losada and Danielle Van de Donk all vying for starting or bench slots

Forwards – Natalia, Danielle Carter and Asisat Oshoala.  Kelly Smith on the bench with Chloe Kelly and Jodie Taylor (if fit)

I’ll be there with family – we are all looking forward to the game.  It will be tough but it’s time this trophy came back to Arsenal after all we are 14 times winners.


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23 comments to Wemberlee, Wemberlee, We’re the Famous Arsenal and We’re Going to Wemberlee Ladies FA Cup Final preview Arsenal v Chelsea Sat 14 May 2016

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    If you’re not at Wembley tomorrow afternoon, the game is being televised BBC1 from 13:30. Not sure about other regions of the world but you will probably be able to find it.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Go on do your stuff and win this one , ladies . Up the Gunners !

  • Polo

    Good luck ladies!!!

  • Leon

    The women change clubs so often How many teams has Aluko played for? If they were all full time pro they might get a chance to settle into one club for a reasonable period.
    Didn’t we lose this last year against Bristol Academy or was that another competition?
    Best of luck to the girls.

  • Menace

    Arsenal Ladies have always been the best. Many players have been poached by money rich clubs but that does not diminish the quality of Arsenal.

    Go on you Arsenal Ladies – you are always the best.

  • Gord

    And we have a lineup, courtesy of the Ladies Twit feed:

    Starting XI:
    Sari van Veenendaal
    Alex Scott
    Casey Stoney
    Josephine Henning
    Emma Mitchell
    Jordan Nobbs
    Fara Williams
    Vicky Losada
    Dan Carter
    Asiat Oshoala
    Kelly Smith

    On the beach:
    Emma Byrne
    Leah Williamson
    Dominique Janssen
    Danielle van de Donk

    My apologies if I mis-capitalised any names (they were shown ALL-CAPS)


  • Gord

    I just looked at the programming (basic) on the satellite, and it appears the Womens FA Cup Final is not on TV in western Canada. Maybe where you live? Here, you have to be a real man (like Top Guns) and watch fishing.


  • Menace

    BBC commentators very much Chelsea biased. Chelsea move stopped by offside flag in first 5 mins.

  • Leon

    Already a shocking offside decision against Chelsea’s Fran Kirby. She was clear and would have been one on one

  • Leon

    High foot not given against Chelsea player

  • Menace

    1 0 to the Arsenasl in 17mins Da Carter!!! go on you beauties.

  • Leon

    Great goal. This is our new Rachel Yankey

  • Menace

    Speed typing is not my forte Chelsea on the attack but an off side stops them after a good save by Arsenals keeper.

  • Menace

    42 min & Oshoala one on one with keeper side foots & loses the ball. Golden op for 2 – 0. Apparently PGMO’s Oliver has a relative officiating.

  • Leon

    Oshoala! Should have scored. Never mind we’re on topl

  • Leon

    Truth be told it probably was a handball against us, and penalty to Chelsea

  • Menace

    Move to latest thread Arsenal v Aston Villa.

  • Leon

    This (male) commentator obviously wants Chelsea to win

  • Leon

    Kelly’s a real pro

  • Leon

    Cards coming out. One each

  • Leon

    Congrats to our ladies. A great win

  • Rantetta

    Congrats, Arsenal ladies.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Well done the Ladies ! Up the Gunners ! WOO HOO , HOO !