Dominique Bloodworth during the Arsenal v Liverpool Ladies WSL football match, Boreham Wood FC, Borehamwood, UK - 09 Sep 2018 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Defender looking to equal Arsenal clean sheet record as current club VfL Wolfsburg return

Former Arsenal defender Dominique Bloodworth has admitted that she is looking to at least equal her clean sheet record for The Gunners from last season with current club VfL Wolfsburg in the 2019/2020 campaign.

The 25-year-old Dutch international defender kept 12 clean sheets for Arsenal last term as the North Londoners went on to end their seven-year title drought in the FA Women’s Super League.

Bloodworth already has nine shutouts with current club VfL Wolfsburg in the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga so far this season. With the German top flight set to resume this weekend, the defender has admitted that she is looking to at least equal her clean sheet record from last season in an exclusive interview with FA Women’s Super League Full-Time.

“As a central defender you always want clean sheets” Bloodworth told FA Women’s Super League Full-Time. “Each time we have had a clean sheet, I have joked with Lena (Goessling) my centre-back partner that we have got another one, that is the most important thing for us.

“Our main goal was to keep a clean sheet, we have nine so far with six games left so that means that we need three more to equal my clean sheet record at Arsenal.

“With six games left, I think we should get three more clean sheets so as a defender, that is a good goal to have.”

The VfL Wolfsburg squad have been in quarantine in a hotel this week as they prepare for Friday’s fixture against 1. FC Koln at the AOK-Stadion. Whilst some people have found quarantine mentally tough as the world looks to fend off the Coronavirus, defender Bloodworth has taken the positives from the situation.

She said “The atmosphere in the squad is very good and we are excited to start the league again.

“Right now, we are in quarantine but I feel that the environment is really good, the staff and the place where we are in the hotel are really good.

“I am actually quite enjoying being in quarantine.

“The atmosphere is good, we are all looking forward to playing that first game and hopefully, we get the three points and move forward towards that one goal that we have in mind.”

Bloodworth ended a four-year association with Arsenal when she left Meadow Park last summer. Despite having expanded her medal collection during the last four years of her career, she admits that she has had to prove herself upon her arrival in Germany.

“I am really enjoying it at Wolfsburg” said the centre-back. “I think the club and the players welcomed me really well.

“At first, I had to prove myself that I was a good player, even if you come in after winning the EUROs and being second in the World Cup you still have to show that you are a good player.

“At the beginning, it was a little bit hard but I think it is good that if you are at a new club, you have to show yourself and you have to prove yourself.

“I adapted really quickly and I am really enjoying it here at Wolfsburg. I am enjoying the atmosphere and I am enjoying what the club is working towards, the standards are really high.”

Bloodworth commented on how special it was to lift the FA Women’s Super League title at Arsenal. With current club VfL Wolfsburg being just four wins away from the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga title but playing matches behind-closed-doors, the defender has admitted that she is unsure of what winning her next league title might actually feel like.

“The situation this year is now a bit different due to the Coronavirus” said Bloodworth. “If you become champions, you don’t know what it will look like celebrating and if we will all be allowed on one stage together lifting the trophy with confetti and all of that stuff.

“Lifting the trophy last year with Arsenal was very special, finishing the season like that and moving on to a new club was the best way to finish that chapter of my career.

“If we win the title at Wolfsburg this year, it will also be amazing because winning trophies in your first season is why you join a club like this.”

Bloodworth is just two rounds away from another major cup final appearance with VfL Wolfsburg set to take on Glasgow City in the quarter-finals of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League. The competition remains suspended but the player admits that lifting European club football’s biggest prize is high on the club’s agenda.

The defender added “It is hard to comment about the Champions League because we don’t know what is going to happen and if we are going to continue.

“Generally, Wolfsburg’s biggest goal is winning the Champions League, they have won it twice in a row but it has been a while now since they have won the trophy.

“It is a really, really big aim to go far in the Champions League and then win it. Wolfsburg are a top team in Europe, they always want to win every trophy that there is.”

VfL Wolfsburg’s return to FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga action against 1. FC Koln at the AOK-Stadion kicks-off at 1pm BST on Friday afternoon.

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