White upbeat over Arsenal's Champions League prospects

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Former Arsenal Ladies captain Faye White says the Gunners are relishing the challenge of reaching another European final.

The highly-decorated defender was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, the venue of this year’s Women’s Champions League final, to launch the official sale of tickets for the event.

Arsenal won the tournament back in 2007, in its previous form as the UEFA Women’s Cup, and have reached the semi-finals in each of the last two seasons.

The Gunners are the only English side left in the competition, after Birmingham City were eliminated in the first knock-out round, with the north Londoners set to face Italian side Torres in the quarter finals in March.

“It’s the first game coming back into our season, so we will have to make sure the team is strong, ready and playing at their best straight away," the ex-England international told GiveMeFootball.

White also believes that Arsenal’s pedigree and history in the tournament has brought the team confidence, knowing that they should be feared, rather than nervous against the top women’s clubs in Europe, such as defending champions Lyon.

White said: “We don’t have any fear against the European teams, because we have such good experience in the competition, it’s just more of a challenge.

“It’s more of a determination to get one over them than to fear them. “However, [Lyon] have got a lot of funding and have acquired some great players, with every player in their team being a full international."

With the success of Team GB at the London Olympics last year, the 34-year-old feels that by holding the final at Stamford Bridge, women's football will come into sharper focus once again.

“It will help with the crowds and the exposure," White added.

“I think it’s not that people don’t want to watch it, but they just don’t know where to, so we just need to get that message [out].”


Tickets for the UEFA Women's Champions League can be purchased here.

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