Arsenal captain Leah Williamson is resolute in her determination to disrupt the celebration and claim a win against Gareth Taylor’s strong Manchester City squad.
Despite City’s impressive streak of nine unbeaten games across all competitions, Williamson maintains faith in her team’s capability to outshine the Manchester-based side in the cup competition. As both teams vie for the Women’s Super League title, the FA Cup encounter offers a chance to assess each other before the crucial stages of the season unfold.
Williamson remains confident in her team’s ability to compete at the highest level and told BBC Sport: “The magic of the cup is games like this. Playing one of the most in-form teams in the world at the minute at our ground, Sunday afternoon, that’s the reason you play the game. They are in form and deserve that respect at the minute but we are definitely looking to upset the party. We seem to get these draws early, the big games. You have to beat the best to win it. We’re laser-focused on it.”
Arsenal has had a promising recent record against Manchester City, securing victory in three of their last five encounters. Nonetheless, City’s manager, Taylor, appears unfazed, labeling the match as a “free hit” for both teams.
“Fine details [will decide the match], it always seems to be 2-1,” Taylor said in his pre-match news conference.
“We feel we have the ability to open up teams with the opportunities we create. I expect it to be tight, it’s a free hit for both teams.”