This week Alex talks about winning her first silverware since returning to the Gunners, toasting the success with pizza and a crucial double-header against arch-rivals Birmingham...
Everyone at Arsenal was delighted at winning the Women’s Super League last Sunday — but that doesn’t mean we were painting the town red after our 3-2 win over Doncaster.
We still had a Champions League second leg against Barcelona on Thursday, which we won 4-0 to qualify for the next round where we’ll face Potsdam. There’s also the little matter of a crucial double-header against Birmingham on Sunday and on Wednesday.
So as it was, we toasted our WSL title win — my first silverware since returning to the club — with takeaway pizzas! Four of the girls — Steph Houghton, Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Dan Carter — share a house, so the all the team went over there and chilled out.
We’re all professionals and we know it would be silly to go overboard. We can have a proper party once everything’s all said and done. For now, we want to beat Birmingham on Sunday in the last league game of the season and complete the campaign unbeaten. Three days later, we’ll face them again in the Continental Cup final, which is being held at Barnet’s Underhill Stadium.
It goes without saying that it would be a great achievement to finish without losing a game. It’s something we’ve done before, and it obviously says a lot about the club and the standards we’ve set ourselves. Arsenal Ladies are the only English women’s team to have gone unbeaten, while the men’s team achieved the same feat back in 2004, so it’s great for the club to have this kind of reputation.
Birmingham will definitely want to end our run and get one over us before the Cup final.
They’ve got some great players, such as Karen Carney and Eni Aluko, who has been on great form for England of late.
Laura Bassett and Jade Moore are two players who like to get stuck in, so we’ll definitely have to watch out for them as they’ll want to rough us up.
We’re coming to the end of an intense run of games — six in 18 days or one every three days depending how you look at it — but I think I’m holding up well.
My fitness levels are high, but if I was tired I would hold my hands up and say so. It’s all about the squad right now and making sure everyone contributes.
We need to focus too. It’s great to have a WSL winners’ medal around my neck, but I want more — and that means winning on Wednesday. If we do that, then the party can really begin.
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