Arsenal and England star sets progression target
PUBLISHED: 17:05 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:05 16 March 2016
Speaking ahead of the 2016 Women's Super League season which begins a week today (Wednesday), Jordan Nobbs believes Arsenal Ladies can put several disappointing campaigns behind them and get their hands on the title once more.
The former University of Hertfordshire student, who agreed to extend her six-year stay at Arsenal by signing a new deal last month, hasn’t tasted domestic league glory since 2012.
Arsenal, who host Reading Ladies at Boreham Wood FC in their Super League opener, have also only managed to qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League in the past four seasons so the 23-year-old is determined to help the club regain their status at the game’s top table.
Nobbs told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The aim for us this season is winning the league.
“The last few years have been disappointing for us and disappointing for me as a player as well.
“We want to be winning trophies at this club and that’s why you want to be an Arsenal player and to continue the history that we’ve got and I think this season we have the opportunity to win the league.”
Despite the club’s recent underachievements, the England international was more than happy to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with Pedro Martinez Losa’s ladies.
She said: “It’s crazy to see the facilities we have now and it’s exciting for Arsenal as a club to be on that level and competing against the best teams now.
“We’re starting to realise if we have players like Fara Williams [England international] and exciting new players from abroad, it’s only a positive for us as a team and I think that’s why I wanted to commit more of my future here.
“A major reason for me signing on again was for the love of the club and how I’ve progressed as a player here.
“You have to look at yourself as an individual first and then see the other things around that and me signing on was just to say, we are investing in great players and that’s what’s most exciting.”
The midfielder’s duties for both club and country, have evolved in the past couple of years, with Nobbs having been handed the role of Lionesses vice-captain and she hopes that can help her blossom further at Arsenal.
She said: “It was a crazy moment for me to achieve something like that and I am very honoured to be, not just part of the team, but also the vice-captain.
“As a kid I was always captain through the age groups at England level so as a youngster I’ve known I’ve had that in me.
“To be alongside great players at Arsenal and England, I feel I can carry on that leadership and hopefully one day be a major part of that at Arsenal as well. I’d love to wear the armband here.”
The SheBelieves Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament consisting of hosts and eventual winners USA, England, Germany and France, played earlier this month drew big crowds to each of its games and Nobbs feels 2016 will be another big year for the women’s game.
She said: “Our attendances at Arsenal improved after the World Cup last year [England finished third] and we want to maintain that.
“A lot of people are excited about the women’s game now and that’s great for everyone.
“The women’s game is going in the right direction and for us to be training every day and with these facilities, we’re going to be playing better and people will enjoy watching us as well.”