Jordan Nobbs targets FA Women’s Super League title challenge for Arsenal Ladies
Arsenal Ladies open their FA Women’s Super League campaign against Notts County next Thursday.
The Gunners will be hoping that they can mount a challenge for the title after a disappointing showing last year.
A poor start to last season, and the departure of manager Shelley Kerr, meant that Arsenal were never in the title race.
The title was eventually won by Liverpool on the final day of the season, with the Gunners finishing fourth.
Arsenal fared better in the cup competitions, winning the FA Women’s Cup and losing in the final of the Continental Cup.
New Arsenal Ladies manager Pedro Martinez Losa goes into the new season with a new look squad.
The Gunners started their season impressively with a comprehensive 7-0 win at Millwall last Sunday in the FA Women’s Cup.
There are five new signings, Lianne Sanderson, Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Vicky Losada, Jemma Rose and Chioma Ubogagu.
Midfielder Jordan Nobbs believes the Gunners can now mount a serious bid for their first championship since 2012.
“We went through four or five managers and I think still getting results and winning the FA Cup showed the character and drive of the girls,” said Nobbs.
“It showed what we could do even then as a team and now we’re a bit more settled, we want to be winning the league this year. I think fourth place is not acceptable for a club like Arsenal.
“Hopefully this year can be a new start. Pedro knew the players he wanted, I think they’re only going to strengthen our side and we maybe needed that since last season.
“When you’ve got a strong front three you’re already some way towards a winning team. We definitely feel we have that – and I think we have a lot of strength on the bench as well.”
Nobbs who at 22 is already firmly established in the Gunners’, and England, midfield thrives on responsibility and taking on a leadership role with the team. “I think I’ve been known for my talking in midfield anyway, since I was young,” she added. “I love every minute playing with Arsenal and I want to encourage others as well.”
“It’s nice to be looked at as a more experienced player – that’s not a bad thing and hopefully I can bring that to Arsenal this season, along with a few more goals.”
Jordan is also looking forward to facing her former club in late April, when the Gunners face newly-promoted Sunderland.
“One of the first fixtures I looked for was Sunderland, especially the away game because I get to see my family and stuff.
“I’m really glad that they came up. I think they’ve deserved it over the past few seasons – but hopefully we’ll still beat them.”