Playing in a Wembley final would be amazing, says Gibbons

Defender says Albion are capable of producing an FA Cup shock against Arsenal.

By Bruce Talbot • 29 October 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Fliss Gibbons says playing in a Wembley final would be the highlight of her career

Fliss Gibbons has enjoyed some standout moments in her Albion career but says reaching a Wembley final would top any of her other achievements.

The 27-year-old defender hopes to play her part on Sunday when Albion take on Arsenal for a place in the Vitality FA Cup final at Wembley on 5 December.

It will be a formidable task for Albion against a side sitting at the top of the Barclays Women’s Super League with five wins out of five and only two goals conceded. Arsenal also have home advantage and Albion have never beaten the Gunners since promotion to the WSL in 2018.

Gibbons said, “We know the size of the challenge we’re up against, Arsenal seem almost unstoppable at the moment. It was probably the most difficult draw but we will go into the game with no fear.

By Paul Hazlewood
Fliss Gibbons has scored in both Albion's previous FA Cup ties

“We have got absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. One or two of us have been in an FA Cup final but for most of us getting to Wembley would be the absolute pinnacle of our career.”

Gibbons has scored in Albion’s last two FA Cup wins, including the only goal in the quarter-final victory over Charlton. She also netted against Huddersfield Town earlier in the competition.

“It was great to score such an important goal against Charlton but after the game we just focused on the next one. But now the nearer the semi comes the realisation grows that we are one game from Wembley. We can't wait for Sunday.  I never dreamt of playing at Wembley because it was never a realistic dream for me, now it’s 90 minutes away.

“We will leave everything on the pitch. We tend to perform quite well against the ‘big three’ of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City and we will have a game plan. We’re going there to win the game and will be confident that we can do what is needed to get us to the final.”