FA Women's Cup Final: Chelsea's attack could be the difference against Arsenal

The front five is a force to be reckoned, with but can they be stopped?

FA Women's Cup Final: Chelsea's attack could be the difference against Arsenal
Can Arsenal stop Chelsea's incredible attack? | Photo: The Telegraph

Chelsea added to their already impressive attacking options by signing Birmingham City player Karen Carney. With 26 goals scored in just 7 games this season, will Arsenal be able to stop them?

Gemma Davison

Davison started her career at Arsenal, both in the youth set up and senior career. She had a few spells there in between time playing in the US before joining Chelsea in 2014.

In terms of what she is like on the pitch, she is quite a skillful player. Davison can create chances and provide for other players to get the goals. However, she can score some pretty good goals when she wants to.

Karen Carney

Carney signed for Chelsea in the most recent transfer window. This was the biggest signing of the window for the Blues - as an experienced player, both in domestic football and internationally - it was quite a coup.

She started off her career at Birmingham and played alongside current teammate Eni Aluko. She is another Chelsea player that spent some time at Arsenal and has also plied her trade in the US. Carney played for Chicago Red Stars and Emma Hayes was head coach for the same team.

She then went back to Birmingham for a few years then was signed by Chelsea in 2015. An experienced international too having played for England for 11 years with well over 100 caps, Carney can score wherever and whenever but is great with creating chances too.

Eni Aluko

Eni has previous experience of winning the FA Cup having won it with Charlton Athletic and Chelsea. She originally started her career at Birmingham but joined Chelsea in 2007 then left to go to Saint Louis Athletica in 2009. She did rejoin Chelsea in 2012.

Arsenal will really need to watch out for her especially with the pace she has. She can slice up defences with her pace and can score some good goals.

Will Ji be the match-winner once again? | Image source: Getty Images.
Will Ji be the match-winner once again? | Image source: Getty Images.

Ji So-Yun

Ji scored the winner at last year's final so she will be well marked by Arsenal.

The South Korean joined Chelsea in 2014 and won Players' Player of The Year after her first year in England. She also scored the WSL1 Goal of The Year and has excellent ball control, can provide and create chances, pick out passes and of course score

Fran Kirby

Her transfer to Chelsea from Reading was and is the most talked about move in the WSL and was a record signing.

She exploded onto the scene when she scored the goal (against Mexico) that kicked off England's amazing World Cup run.Kirby was signed by Chelsea not long after that but she wasn't able to take part in that year's FA Cup Final due to being cup tied. There is no doubt she will relish being part of the team at Wembley.

When she was in WSL 2, she was a prolific goalscorer, scoring even more than Beth Mead. She has hit the ground running at Chelsea and is in fine form at the moment with six goals in six games. Kirby has amazing ball control, dribbling and is always able to find the spaces to get into.

As well as scoring some great goals, she can also assist them. In the recent nine-goal thriller versus Liverpool, she scored two and assisted three. That meant she was responsible for all but one of Chelsea's goals. She will be the one that Arsenal will want to keep an eye on.