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Kim Little will be aiming to make up for lost time when Arsenal face Everton in their F.A.Women's Cup semi final at Bishop's Stortford this Sunday.
The 18-year-old was unable to be a part of Arsenal's Cup winning side last season due to ineligibility but she is relishing the chance to get to the Final this time around. "It's my first semi final in this Cup," she told Women's Soccer Scene, "so hopefully I can get a win as it is such as big occasion.
"I watched the Final last year and saw us run out 4-1 winners over Leeds. I admit it was frustrating but I knew the situation when I joined. It was great to watch and good to get a taste of the occasion as it is one of the biggest matches in women's football, playing in front of over 20,000 and being shown live on television."
The match will also mark the first big occasion for Arsenal since the recent departure of Kelly Smith, Karen Carney and Alex Scott to America. "A lot of teams will think they have got more of a chance against us," says Kim. "It is going to be a challenge, of course, but we have got to step up and work as a team.
"The mood amongst the squad is very good because it is like a new start with new people coming in to replace those who have left. Hopefully we can build on this and beat Everton on Sunday, and go on to win the league.
"Everyone at the club has more responsibility but I personally am looking forward to the challenge. We have brought in replacements such as Suzanne Grant and Helen Lander who are both internationals and have played at the highest level.
"It's really a case of gelling quickly and we have been working together well in training - we've got a strong squad with strength in depth and it is just a case of players slotting into places."
However Kim is taking nothing for granted on Sunday. "Everton and Arsenal have a lot of rivalry now, as they are the top two teams in the league. We have beaten them twice this season in the Community Shield and the League Cup, but it's going to be a close game and hopefully an exciting one. They beat us in the Premier League Cup Final last year and we know what they are capable of."
Kim has been at Arsenal for just over a year and has further enhanced her reputation as one of, if not the, most talented youngsters in Europe. "I'm getting more used to the big games now, to the added excitement and pressure," she says. "There are a lot of different accents at the club but some Scottish ones as well and I am getting on fine."
Most of the Arsenal squad have been away on international duty recently and Kim was a part of the Scotland squad which competed in the Cyprus Cup. "Our first couple of games against France and South Africa were disappointing," she admits, "but we went on to beat Russia in the last match so that was a positive.
"It was a new start for us ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and a chance for some new players to make their mark. Beating Russia was a slight bit of revenge for our defeat in the Euro 2009 play-offs, but to be honest it didn't make me feel any better."
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