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18th July 2018

Gunners prevail on day of records

    Savouring victory

    Savouring victory. Pictures: Catherine Etoe

    Savouring victory

    Published: 19 May, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENAL Ladies showed their male counterparts just how it’s done on Saturday when they won the FA Cup in a record-breaking afternoon at Wembley. 

    Danielle Carter fired the Gunners to a 1-0 victory over Chelsea as they won the cup for a record 14th time – in front of a record crowd of 32,912 at England’s national stadium. 

    Manager Pedro Martinez Losa said it was “absolutely a dream come true” to have won his first FA Cup since taking over the reins at Arsenal, adding that he was delighted with his team’s performance.

    Defender Alex Scott, manager Pedro Martinez Losa and striker Kelly Smith
    Defender Alex Scott, manager Pedro Martinez Losa and striker Kelly Smith 

    “The players were phenomenal and they really deserved it,” he said. “I’m so happy for them and for my staff. We’ve made the fans really proud. 

    “It’s absolutely a dream come true to beat Chelsea at Wembley in front of our fans. 

    “I don’t think it can get better – but we will have to see what we can do! 

    “We prepared very well and the girls were very focused. From the beginning we put Chelsea in a difficult position and we deserved to score more goals. 

    “I think we played really good football which is the most important thing. We won the way we wanted to play. 

    “The players are proud to play for Arsenal and the performance shows the potential we have. I hope the fans felt proud.” 

    Carter’s sensational 18th-minute strike proved a worthy winner as the England striker cut in from the left and drove into the penalty area before curling her shot past Hedvig Lindahl. Having won a league and FA Cup double last season, and started the new Women’s Super League campaign by netting four wins out of four, Chelsea went into the game as favourites. 

    Camden-born Chelsea manager Emma Hayes back at Wembley
    Camden-born Chelsea manager Emma Hayes back at Wembley

    The Gunners weren’t too worried about the form guide, however, and Camden-born Blues boss Emma Hayes admitted afterwards that the better team on the day won. 

    “I don’t think we have any complaints,” she said. “Congratulations to Arsenal, it was a fantastic display. This is a reminder that the FA Cup final is a single game – it’s not about recent form, it’s about showing up and putting in a performance. 

    “Arsenal did that. They dominated the first half, particularly the first and second-ball moments, and, as we know in football, that’s what usually gives you a heads-up. I am a leader that will put the team in the best possible position to reflect and learn about what has been a disappointing day for the club.”

    Striker Asisat Oshoala
    Striker Asisat Oshoala 

    Danielle Carter scores a selfie with the fans
    Danielle Carter scores a selfie with the fans

    Chelsea head coach TJ O’Leary, who used to manage Kentish Town Academy, leads the warm-up before the big kick-off
    Chelsea head coach TJ O’Leary, who used to manage Kentish Town Academy, leads the warm-up before the big kick-off


    Keeper Sari van Veenendaal and midfielder Danielle Van de Donk


    Arsenal supporters Leanne Brown and legendary ‘c’mon you Gunners’ superfan Maria Petri

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