Wed 02.May 2012 09:11 Tanya Taylor,
FA Cup - "It's our baby"
Katie Chapman could be captain today
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Taken from the FA:
Katie Chapman has described The FA Women's Cup as Arsenal's "baby" and says they are determined not to let it out of their sight this season.

Arsenal, the current holders of The Cup, play Chelsea in Thursday's re-arranged Semi-Final for the right to meet Birmingham City in The Final at Ashton Gate on 26 May.

And midfielder Chapman, who could captain the Gunners on Thursday if Jayne Ludlow fails to overcome a calf strain, insists this competition feels extra special for the team.

''As [manager] Laura Harvey said in the changing room, The FA Women's Cup is our baby, it's what we like playing for,'' said Chapman.

''Because we've won it for quite a few years now, we don't want to lose that, we want to keep on going, we want to keep hold of that and the hunger's still there for it.''

Arsenal comfortably beat Chelsea 3-1 at Emirates Stadium last week in their second FA WSL match of the season, but Chapman is expecting a new challenge when the sides meet this weekend.

''Cup games are different, it's a different game altogether,'' she said. 'Yes we're going to be playing them again but things can be different for both teams. They can set up differently and play differently.

''We're just going to take the game as it comes, take nothing from the League win, take the three points and move on to [this] game.''

As the holders, Arsenal go into the game as favourites but Chapman says they are used to dealing with the pressure.

''We go into a lot of the games being the favourites and for us it is pressure all the time but I think we deal with that pretty well,'' said the midfielder.

''We've got to take each game as it comes, we can't get ahead of ourselves, it's going to be another tough game."

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