Everton Ladies boss Andy Spence has insisted that his side are not scared of Arsenal as the two teams square off against each other at the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.
The Gunners reigned supreme over the Women’s game for many years and still boast a wealth of attacking talent with the likes of Jordan Nobbs and FA Women’s Footballer of the Year Jodie Taylor, but Spence is adamant the Blue Girls will have enough to stop them.
“They have so much talent. In attack they have, for me, probably five or six of the leading forwards in terms of variation and different qualities.
“Last time out they scored seven, but we take confidence that Bristol in the game before drew with them and Bristol perhaps felt they should have come away with the victory.
“We have to respect the quality they have, which I do with Arsenal being the leading light in women’s football for many years, but from our perspective its about respecting them but not fearing them.
“We know what qualities they have but equally we know what areas we can exploit, and we will be certainly looking to stop them at one end, and hurt them at the other.”
The Toffees will be looking to continue their good performances this season, with close defeats to Birmingham City and Manchester City followed up by a solid victory last time out against Doncaster Rovers Belles in the Continental Cup.
“In the second half against Birmingham we were excellent, and probably should have come away with a win,” he added. “Against Manchester City we built on that really good second half display.
“We had a crazy seven-minute spell but apart from that we were fantastic and again disappointed to not come away with at least a point. Leading into the Doncaster game we wanted to take all the good work we had done and get the win we deserved.
“We managed the game really well, had some good spells and it was nice to see people getting on the scoresheet and keeping a clean sheet. All in all, it was a reinforcement of all the good work we have done Of course, when you get that win next to your name, everyone feels that much better.”