Jordan eyes big finish

Jordan Nobbs believes Arsenal have finally reached their best form as they look to dent the FA WSL 1 title aspirations of London rivals Chelsea, in a match that will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.

After picking up only four points from their opening five games, three wins in the last four have seen the Gunners rise to fourth in the table, six points behind the Blues.

However, while Nobbs thinks Arsenal’s title chances are out of reach, she believes her side will have a major say in the outcome of where the trophy will end up – having beaten third-placed Birmingham City on Sunday and with a game against Liverpool on the penultimate weekend of the season still to come.

Arsenal v Chelsea

FA WSL 1
7.45pm, Thursday 4 September 2014
Meadow Park, Boreham Wood FC
Live on BT Sport 1

Nobbs said: “We want to win all of our remaining games and for us they are all big games. I think it’s important that we have our say on the League and what is going to happen at the top. 

“With the performance against City I think we showed what we can do and it’s important for us to finish on a high. 

“We’ve got big games coming up and it’s massive for us to be able to show that we are getting to the level we want to be at.”

She continued: “I think Chelsea have been one of the strongest teams this year and have played some really good football. So it’s going to be really competitive and I think a big game which we will be up for.

“Early on we had some disappointing performances and we probably hadn’t gelled like we would have wanted to.

“But I think we know now where we are going and what we are doing and we want to take points off the top teams and have a say in what is going to happen.”

Five wins out six have propelled Chelsea to the top of the table, their only defeat coming at second-placed Liverpool.

Just three points separate the top three, yet former Arsenal star Gilly Flaherty – in her first season at Chelsea since making the move across London – says talk of the title has not crossed her mind.

“We’re not really thinking about winning the league,” said the defender. “We’ve got four games left and we just want to take maximum points from those matches.

“Our target at the beginning of the season was to finish in the top two.

“Compared to last season, when we finished second from bottom, we’re on course to finish much higher than that, so we just want to win these next four games.”