- As Arsenal’s Spring Series campaign does not start until next month, the clash with Tottenham marks their first game of 2017. The Gunners have great memories of FA Cup, though, having beaten Chelsea 1-0 to win last year’s final thanks to a goal from Danielle Carter. Arsenal came third in the 2016 WSL, behind champions Manchester City and Chelsea.
- Tottenham have already come through four tough ties to reach the fifth round, most notably knocking out second-tier Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 last month to set up the date with Arsenal. Spurs have had a superb 2016-17 season and are currently unbeaten in 27 matches. They are not only flying high at the top of the Premier League Southern Division, but have already booked three cup finals against Charlton Athletic - in the Premier League Cup, the Capital Women’s Cup and the Boux Avenue (Ryman) Cup.
While there is an undeniable gulf between the teams in terms of experience and resources, the added spice of a local derby, Tottenham’s fantastic form and some potential rustiness from Arsenal all combine to make this a very intriguing tie. There may not be any danger of complacency from the Gunners, but there is no substitute for match practice and a new-look side will need time to gel together.
Arsenal have lost Asisat Oshoala since the end of the last season, but still have plenty of firepower and if Danielle Carter can reproduce her heroics from last season it could be a long afternoon for Tottenham’s defenders. Spurs certainly have the potential to give Arsenal a good game, with a strong team spirit and talented players such as Nikita Whinnett and Wendy Martin, and the future is almost certainly bright on both sides of North London, but the size of the task may just be too great this weekend and a fresher Arsenal team should be too strong.