Arsenal v Chelsea
The FA WSL
Thursday 6 June 2013
Meadow Park, Boreham Wood FC
Live on ESPN
Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes wants her side to toughen up in time for their clash against her former club Arsenal.
The Blues travel to Borehamwood on Thursday night to face the Gunners in The FA WSL after two consecutive defeats and Hayes does not fancy a hat-trick against her old employers.
Hayes was assistant coach at Arsenal when the Gunners won the quadruple of Premier League, FA Women's Cup, Premier League Cup and UEFA Women's Cup in 2006-07 but she does not want her side to be too nice to them on in their clash to be shown live on ESPN.
Hayes said: "We just need to keep working at it. When we play against seasoned teams and our football is better than theirs then I take that as a sign of progress.
"I think my team needs to toughen up if it is to get results because grittier teams are finding ways to produce wins.
She continued: "Arsenal is a club that is in my heart, I always look out for their results, even now.
"It will be a great occasion to go back and see some old faces so I am looking forward to it.
"They're champions and I keep hearing all this nonsense that they're losing their way but that is just taking away from the quality they have.
"I still think they are the best team in the League and they have match winners in Gemma Davison and Kim Little and I think whenever you have a player like Emma Byrne in goal you always have a great chance.
"I expect them to cause us a lot of problems going forward and it will be up to us to impose ourselves because I think playing against footballing teams plays to our advantage.
"But, at the same time, we know just how deadly they are."
Arsenal boss Shelley Kerr is expecting a tough test against their London rivals.
She added: "Chelsea have had a decent start; they have strengthened their team and the depth of their squad is quite good as well.
"But we have to focus on what we have got, be ready to go again and get something out of the game.
"I've watched Chelsea this season and they try to play good football.
"We thoroughly deserved the three points from our last game against Bristol.
"We only took one point from our first two games, but anybody who watched them will know that in spells we looked an exceptionally talented team."