Leonie Maier, Lisa Evans, Danielle van de Donk, and Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal Women. Tottenham Hotspur Women v Arsenal Women, WSL football match, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

German defender hints that Arsenal’s title hopes may be over

German international defender Leonie Maier has hinted that Arsenal’s hopes of retaining the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title this season could be over during an interview with the DFB.

The Gunners are currently three points adrift of Chelsea who occupy second place while they are four points behind league leaders Manchester City who have played a game more than Joe Montemurro’s side.

When speaking to the DFB, The German Football Association, Maier admitted that Arsenal’s best hopes this season could be to finish in second position.

“We are currently third which is not what we had hoped for” said Maier. “Shortly before the break, we lost an important game against Manchester City.

“That was a bitter setback and it will now be difficult for us to finish top.

“We would at least like to finish second to ensure that we qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League again, should the season resume.”

Arsenal have seven games left to play should the decision be made for this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League to continue. Defender Maier has praised her club for the fitness support which she has received during the suspension of the league with the North Londoners keen to ensure that their players remain in top condition.

Maier added “Everything here is very professional. We were provided with the necessary equipment.

“For example, I got two kettlebells, a barbell and two dumbbells and a bike was also provided to me so that I had an alternative to running. This is really great.

“The people responsible are very creative in putting together the exercises. It does not get boring, even though I obviously miss football extremely.”

Arsenal signed Maier from German side Bayern Munich last summer. After appearing in all but two of The Gunners’ Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches this season, the defender has confessed that she has never regretted moving overseas.

“I have never regretted taking the step to go to England” she admitted. “I feel absolutely comfortable here.

“We have a great team together and it’s fun to train and play with the girls. I also get to know a new culture and can further develop myself personally.

“It has always been my wish to take a step abroad during my career. I am glad that I got this opportunity last summer, recently I had the feeling that I needed a change.”

Of her 13 appearances for Arsenal in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Maier has made six starts while she has been introduced from the bench on seven of the eight occasions that she has been named a substitute. The player has also made eight starts for The Gunners in the domestic cups and two in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

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