Women’s FA Cup: Arsenal want to ‘upset the party’ for Man City in fifth-round tie

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Leah Williamson and Khadija Shaw
Leah Williamson last faced Manchester City in April 2023 and missed this season’s encounter in November as she continued her ACL recovery
Venue: Meadow Park, London Date: Sunday, 11 February Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two from 12:15 GMT or follow on the BBC Sport website

Arsenal captain Leah Williamson says her side aim to “upset the party” when they host in-form Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Gareth Taylor’s side head into the game at Meadow Park unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions.

Both teams are still in the Women’s Super League title race, with City second behind leaders Chelsea and Arsenal three points behind in third.

“The magic of the cup is games like this,” Williamson told BBC Sport.

“Playing one of the most in-form teams in the world at the minute at our ground, Sunday afternoon, that’s the reason you play the game.

“They are in form and deserve that respect at the minute but we are definitely looking to upset the party.

“We seem to get these draws early, the big games. You have to beat the best to win it. We’re laser-focused on it.”

This fixture is the only all-WSL meeting in the fifth round and will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 12:15 GMT.

Arsenal have won three of their last five games against City, whose boss Taylor said the match is a “free hit” for both sides.

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“Fine details [will decide the match], it always seems to be 2-1,” Taylor said in his pre-match news conference.

“We feel we have the ability to open up teams with the opportunities we create. I expect it to be tight, it’s a free hit for both teams.”

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