Mark Hemmings, Sports editor
Thursday, April 26, 2012
ARSENAL Ladies footballer, and Welwyn Garden City resident, Alex Scott is set to play at The Emirates Stadium tonight (Thursday) in the first FA Women’s Super League game to be played at a Premier League ground.
The England full-back and her Gunners team-mates host Chelsea Ladies in a special one-off match at the 60,000 all seater stadium.
Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Scott said: “It’s really exciting to be playing in the stadium, hopefully in front of a big crowd, especially for me as I’m an Arsenal fan too.”
The Gunners are now fully focused on the domestic scene as they exited the Women’s Champions League 4-1 on aggregate to German outfit Frankfurt.
“We had hoped to have got to the final this year, so we were disappointed with that.
“We have to forget about that now and look to concentrate on the domestic scene,” said the 27-year-old, who re-joined the Gunners from Boston Breakers after the collapse of the Women’s Professional Soccer League in the America.
The hunt for domestic success in 2012 continues tonight against the Blues, the match comes five days after Arsene Wenger’s men’s side drew 0-0 with Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea in north London.
“There’s a lot of Chelsea players that came through the Arsenal youth system, but didn’t quite make it so they have a point to prove,” said Scott who has been shortlisted for the GB football team for this summer’s London Olympic Games.
Arsenal Ladies, the treble winners, began the defence of their Super League crown with a 3-2 win over Everton at their Boreham Wood FC home on Sunday, April 8.
Ladies manager Laura Harvey said: “It’s very exciting for us to be playing at Emirates Stadium - the whole team’s buzzing about it already and it’ll be a special night.
“The facilities and pitch are second to none and, more than that, the chance to play in front of an Emirates’ crowd will be great for us, and a real chance to show what we can do.
“The atmosphere at Emirates Stadium, especially for derby games, is brilliant, and hopefully we’ll have a bit of that at our match.”
Arsenal’s London derby with Chelsea kicks-off at 7.45pm, tickets cost just £5 for adults and £2.50 concessions.