Arsenal Women resume their 2019/20 FA Cup campaign with a north London derby in the quarter-final as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur Women to Meadow Park today [Saturday September 26].
The Gunners came out as 2-0 winners over both Lewes LFC and West Ham United Women to reach this stage of the competition before football halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the FA Women’s Super League was cancelled in May, on July 24 it was confirmed that the Women’s FA Cup would continue.
Since taking charge at Arsenal in November 2017, Joe Montemurro has guided the side to lifting both the WSL title and the Conti Cup, but is yet to win the FA Cup, losing to Chelsea in his sole appearance in the final . Ahead of the resumption of the competition, he addressed the importance of it, but also the message that finishing the campaign sent to those involved.
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“[Finishing the 2019/20 FA Cup campaign is] very important. I think the message that it sends, A: from the governing body and B: from the game itself is that we want to still deliver an important product. We still want to deliver high class, high level football and the FA Cup is that,” he said.
“The FA Cup is one of the biggest cup tournaments in the world so I think it sends an amazing message that the clubs have a thirst and desire to finish it.
“Also, I think it’s an important message for the game and for the FA to say ‘we believe this is an important tournament and we’ve got to find a way to finish it’. The players to boot are really excited to be part of it.”
Should Arsenal progress to the semi-finals, they will face either Manchester City or Leicester City. Alongside the challenges that will come with whoever they play, these games will take place just next week on either Wednesday [September 30] or Thursday…