Arsenal Women: Nobbs seeking fifth FA Cup
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Jordan Nobbs has enjoyed a decorated eight years with Arsenal but the midfielder claims a fifth SSE Women’s FA Cup title would help take the side to another level.
The 25-year-old has picked up 11 trophies since joining the Gunners in 2010 – including this season’s FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup – but her side currently sit third the FA Women’s Super League, behind Manchester City and Chelsea.
Nobbs hit a personal landmark of 50 goals for Arsenal after netting a brace against Liverpool recently and the midfielder is hoping the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 5 will get people talking about the north London outfit.
She said: “In the last few months it has been a lot about Manchester City and Chelsea.
“For us to have the Continental Cup and hopefully the FA Cup in our hands shows that we’re bringing silverware back still and we’re still one of the best teams in this league.
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“We’re disappointed with some of the results we’ve had in the league. It’s a tough ask, but we know that we’re climbing.
“Right now, we’re in a great place and this cup final is a big one for us. We want to show that in front of a big crowd that Arsenal are still here winning trophies.”
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The England star’s first experiences of the FA Cup are a far cry from what she’s used to now as the midfielder helped inspire Sunderland to the final before losing to her current employers 2-1 in 2009.
Simply having names on the back of their shirts was a luxury for Nobbs back then and the 25-year-old is delighted at how far the women’s game has progressed in the last nine years.
She said: “I was 16 at Sunderland, we weren’t meant to be in the final really but we had the likes of Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes who are in the England team now.
“It was the first time we had been on a men’s football coach with tables and we had names on the back of our shirts.
“I think, looking back now and the way the game has changed and the way it’s grown, that was one of the biggest highlights of my career and still is now.
“The fact we now have that luxury every Sunday is absolutely phenomenal and I’m very happy with the way the women’s game has developed.”
Chelsea are in contention for a historic treble as Emma Hayes’ side battle it out for the Champions League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Cup.
Arsenal are yet to beat Chelsea this season, losing 3-2 and drawing 1-1, but Nobbs is confident her side will rise to the occasion come FA Cup final day.
She said: “It’s an incredible feeling and I think it’s the trophy that everyone wants to win. It’s such a major event.
“The SSE Women’s FA Cup is such a special occasion. The fact that it’s at Wembley in front of thousands of people, it’s a dream that you always want to achieve.
“Chelsea are the toughest team right now in our league and they have an attacking strength that everybody knows about.
“Every trophy is special at this club and with it being the SSE Women’s FA Cup it’s the big one that I want to win again. It’ll be amazing to be part of it and bring back that trophy.”
*Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday May 5 at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. For more information about tickets and SSE’s involvement in women’s football visit sponsorship.sse.com.