Monday 15 August 2016

FA WSL fan blog: Arsenal's Sophie Downey

Gunners superfan Sophie has only missed four Arsenal games in the last four years

Sophie Downey is an Arsenal supporter who began following the team as a fan of Kelly Smith and England, who were mostly made up of Gunners at the time. She has only missed four games across all competitions in the last four years.

What are your thoughts on the season so far? Where do you see Arsenal in the title race? And how important are cup competitions to the team?

I think we started slowly this year; it's been a running theme of the last few seasons to be honest. There were so many changes over the winter that it was probably to be expected. We went on a great run of form since April and dragged ourselves back into the title race but I think losing to Liverpool killed our chances. We still have a definite shot at securing that all-important Champions League place however.

Arsenal and cup competitions seem to be a perfect match. Winning the SSE Women’s FA Cup this year, as we did in 2014, gave the team a lot of confidence to push on and improve. Hopefully, we'll do the double and win our fifth Continental Tyres Cup.

What have been your highlights and lowlights so far?

Right at the top has to be winning the Women’s FA Cup against Chelsea at Wembley. It was a special day and great to see the likes of Kelly Smith, Alex Scott and Casey Stoney lift the trophy in such a special stadium.

I think the most frustrating game though was the loss to Liverpool at home. It was a game we should have won; we had the chances, but we were just not clinical enough - another theme of the season.

Which player has impressed you the most this season?

I think Danielle van de Donk has settled in really well and performed at a consistently high level. She is a real grafter and will chase down every ball. But Jordan Nobbs is the star. When fit, she makes a huge difference to the midfield and can change a game.

What’s the best thing about your club – on and off the field?

The players! They are always friendly and willing to chat and listen to fans. And they give their all on the pitch every game, even when things don't go their way.

In 10 words or less – why should everyone get down to Arsenal's next home game?

What's better than being hugged by a big green dinosaur?!


Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 18 52 48
2 Manchester City Women FC 18 36 44
3 Chelsea FC Women 18 23 36
4 Birmingham City Women FC 18 8 34
5 Reading FC Women 18 5 27
6 Bristol City Women FC 19 -16 25
7 West Ham United Women FC 18 -9 20
8 Liverpool FC Women 18 -17 19
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 18 -22 13
10 Everton Ladies FC 18 -22 9
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 17 -38 -3
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Manchester United Women FC 18 81 49
2 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 18 15 42
3 Durham Women FC 18 23 38
4 Charlton Athletic Women FC 18 21 35
5 Sheffield United Women FC 18 -5 28
6 Aston Villa Ladies FC 17 -13 21
7 London Bees FC 19 -21 21
8 Leicester City Women FC 18 -13 20
9 Lewes FC Women 18 -16 17
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 18 -27 10
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 18 -45 5