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Carter fires Gunners into FA Cup semis

ON THE MARK: Carter in action

DANIELLE CARTER may have scored one of the goals that took Arsenal Women to their second semi-final of the year with a 5-0 win over Charlton, but there is no chance of the forward taking a well-deserved break, on or off the pitch.

While it may not finish as one of the most successful years for the FAWSL side, they still have one trophy in the bag - the Continental Cup - and an FA Cup semi-final against Everton to look forward to. And with the club looking brighter under new manager Joe Montemurro, 24-year-old Carter is looking forward to ending the season on a high.

The Gunners have looked more like the team most are familiar with as they sit third in the league, eight points behind leaders Chelsea and two adrift of current champions Manchester City.

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She said: “If you look at our recent games, we’ve had seven clean sheets in a row which had been a massive problem for us earlier in the season and he’s already implemented his ideas and his philosophies.”

Like Rachel Yankey, Alex Scott and En- iola Aluko before her, Carter has become a sterling example for girls hoping to follow in their illustrious boots. She has recently linked up with the Girls4Goals charity, an organisation whose aim is to inspire girls aged 11-16 through football and education.

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She explained: “I liked the idea and the story behind the campaign and it was immediately something I wanted to be a part of. It’s near my home and I used to be one of those girls. So if I can take some time out and relay my story, hopefully it shows others it is possible.

“It’s even more important for the girls of a BAME background because there are less of us as players. When those who grow up in a similar background to us can see us doing it, it’s great for them and and that representation is key.”

Outside of the Gunners, Carter’s other aim is secure her place back in the England squad. She was unfortunate not to make the trip to America for the She Believes Cup, but her record of six goals in four games suggests she won’t be on the outskirts for long.

Until then it is all red and white for the one-club player: “I want to bring home another trophy and return to the Champions League and continue to bring more success to Arsenal.”

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