Arsenal Women will open their WSL campaign against Reading at Meadow Park on Sunday, 6th September- immediately bringing them face to face with long-term Gunners Danielle Carter and Emma Mitchell. Carter joined the club as a teenager spending ten years at the club and scoring the winner against Chelsea in the 2016 FA Cup Final.
Mitch, meanwhile, joined the club from Essen in 2013 and she also joined the Royals this summer. The WSL opener will, unfortunately, be played behind closed doors as the pair return to their old stamping ground at Boreham Wood. Carter spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire about the immediate reunion.
“It’s an early reunion for us – but it’s all business now that I’m a Reading player! It’ll be nice to go and see the girls early on, but it’s just another game for us, where we’ll be looking to pick up an early three points.
“My loyalties were with Arsenal… but that’s obviously flipped now that I’m in a Reading shirt. In this league, we pretty much all know each other. They’ve had some new signings, and so have we. I think it’ll be a good game, in terms of both teams going at it.”
After 11 years, 184 appearances, 5 Conti Cups, 4 FA Cups, 3 FAWSL titles, 2 ACLs and 1 FA Premier League title… it is with the heaviest of hearts that my time at Arsenal has come to an end.
They say “I’m Arsenal till I die….” and today a massive part of me has died ?? pic.twitter.com/vjrGxKMK5g
— Danielle Carter (@DanielleCarter) June 25, 2020
Carter’s Arsenal contract expired during the summer and her Arsenal tenure came to a sad end after consecutive ACL injuries kept her out for the majority of the last two seasons. However, she is fit again now and hoping to utilise her multiple trophy winning experience to a squad that also boasts ex-Gunner Fara Williams.
“Hopefully I can bring my experience from playing in the WSL for so long at Arsenal, and all the knowledge I’ve got, to Reading. That will help us compete to get up there and challenge those top three.
“When I’m playing for Reading I’ll give 100%. I’m a winner – I want to win in every game, whatever kind of game it is. Hopefully I can be a fan-favourite and make everybody proud at the club.”