ARSENAL LADIES: THE PLAYER
Jordan Nobbs talks about the 2014 and The Gunners' new signings
JORDAN NOBBS has vowed to make a big impact for club and country this season as the England international looks to reclaim Arsenal Ladies’ FA Women’s Super League crown in 2014.
Nobbs joined from Sunderland in 2010 and has impressed in midfield recently for her country in the Cyprus Cup – starting the 2-0 victory over Italy.
Nobbs was first called into an England squad at Under-15 level aged 12, and was still only 13 when she scored on her debut against Wales.
By the age of 14 she was captaining the Under-17s, and in 2008 led them to the semi-finals of the inaugural European Championship in Nyon and the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand.
Now 21, and wounded by a third-place finish in the WSL with Arsenal last term after two successive titles, Nobbs wants this campaign to be one to remember.
“I want to play a major role for Arsenal this season and be part of the main England team,” the 21-year-old said.
“A main aim is to keep getting goals for the side and I’ve put in a lot of hard work which hopefully will pay off this season.
“With the team we have we are serious contenders for the title this year, although of course I think it could be very unpredictable because of all the changes and signings that all the teams have made.
“We are a confident team – we just need to push ourselves as players and we will try and do everything this season to win trophies and push ourselves to the very highest level.”
Arsenal have strengthened their squad with stellar signings, including Yukari Kinga and Shinobu Ohno who helped Japan win the World Cup in Germany in 2011 and were silver medallists at the London 2012 Olympics.
Other signings include England captain Casey Stoney, Holland international Anouk Hoogendijk and Scotland international Christie Murray.
And Nobbs believes the tough competition for places will enhance the Gunners’ performances.
“You can’t go wrong when you bring in two world-class Japanese players who have won major trophies – I’m sure they will be a massive asset to the team this year,” added Nobbs.
“Bringing world class foreigners in like we have will strengthen the league further and improve the performance of English players – whatever can strengthen our league and strengthen our game can only be a good thing for the women’s game.”
By Ruth Dacey