Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tom Garry’s combined XI ahead Women’s FA Cup final


Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea)

Chelsea’s rock at the back, their key defensive orchestrator and instrumental captain, the Swedish international is potentially the first name on the team sheet. A truly outstanding footballer and leader, Eriksson isn’t praised enough for her awareness with and without the ball.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal)

Republic of Ireland international has the best left foot in the WSL and is deadly from set-pieces. In the past 18 months she has found exceptional form and shown great versatility. While she is frequently deployed as a winger, she is a sound option at left-back and also offers Arsenal an extra option going forward.

Kim Little (Arsenal)

The 31-year-old is THE form player in the league this season, and looks on course to be a strong contender for the end-of-season awards. There are so many world-class attributes to her game – balance, creativity and skill to name but a few – but she also scores a hatful of goals from midfield. She is undroppable.

Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea)

Combative, industrious and possibly the most under-rated player in the WSL, Leupolz’s performances often go under the radar for Chelsea, but her intelligent off-the-ball work is invaluable to the team. Her presence in this team does mean having to leave Arsenal’s Lia Walti out, but only just.

Ji So-yun (Chelsea)

If there’s a player with a tighter first touch in the women’s game than this South Korean superstar, I haven’t seen them. Ji has been with Chelsea for nearly eight years but, now into her 30s, she seems to be getting better with age.


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