Long read: Kim Little on her inspirations | Feature | News

What can I say about our club captain and leader Kim Little that hasn’t already been said?

Each and every teammate cited his professionalism and dedication, which match his ability with the ball at his feet, and his calm authority that spreads throughout the team. But what does he do? Peace is not about money, fame or glory. It’s not even silver in itself – Kim’s inspirations are simply, like her superpower pitch…

Who was your childhood inspiration? How did they inspire you?

After growing up and looking back at that time of our lives, I think the most obvious, but totally accurate answer is my family at home.

They just provided an incredibly stable training and opportunities to do what I loved, which is obviously to play the game and be involved in the team’s careers. They would take me to so many places and give me time, because what you agree with, you only know how much of a victim I lived at home for so many years.

It’s something you do well then, but you don’t quite understand until you get a little older. Without them, I am sure that I would not have been able to achieve what I have in the game.

How great is your family, how many values ​​have they taught you?

They are all great, and the most important thing for me in terms of football and the way I tried to convey myself is humility. When I was much younger, I used to hear that I was the best player in the team, but neither me nor my family. The only thing missing in the sense is that I need to learn, improve and understand about working together as a team. There was no element of me, that was important.

In addition to this, I also think that I have improved the hard work and determination in the way that you focus every day. Looking back now, I definitely picked up those values ​​and traits from both my mum and dad.

What inspired you to play football as a kid?

I think it’s just an element of sports and being a team. So many of my friends when I was growing up also played football, so there was definitely a social element that played a big part, then I think when it comes to a more competitive nature, I just remember that I had this constant desire to win and improve. .

I remember having a feeling of real pleasure when working on something and seeing an improvement or review for it as a team – I always loved it and still do. It’s infectious because when you feel it you want to do it again and again.

Was there ever a time when you didn’t feel like playing football?

I can’t say that I’ve ever had a moment when I wanted to stop decorating. I’ve always had a special perspective on what I do for a living, and it never really feels like “work” that I’m bored or something I don’t enjoy.

Of course, there are difficult times and the lowest periods, and those times naturally change your general perspective a lot in your life, but I always had the lack and motivation to play because I love this game and I try to remind myself how much of a privilege it is to do what I do with my friends and teammates.

A game has an incredible power to take your mind away from someone else, because in a moment you are completely absorbed by it, and you can’t think beyond what you are capable of.

What moment from your childhood do you think “could become a professional footballer”?

I can’t say that it was a special moment for me growing up and growing up in my generation, it really wasn’t the ambition that it is in girls today. It wasn’t visible at the top level, and I couldn’t see the players winning or doing this job. But there was much more to the journey to the top.

I had to take things step by step and I didn’t have the chance to see who I really wanted to be – I just do it and believe. Honestly, the only first moments when I thought, “Maybe this could be my career in the next ten years or so” is when I joined Arsenal and it was also an opportunity to go and play in the first 20 in America. That was just because of where our game was then, now it’s a world apart for young players and I’m so happy to see that change.

When we say the word “inspiration” to you, who is the first coach that comes to mind?

Wow, that’s a difficult question! There are so many different reasons, but when I think about being a kid, I can’t help but acknowledge the parents and teachers who volunteered to help. I lived really well in this part, and one of my best friends at home, Leanne, her father and brothers used to take football teams and they gave us a lot of time. In order to do this, the manufacturer needs the product and the soil element of his life. It’s a lovely thing to look back on.

Is there a game early in your career that you still think about now?

The games that stand out for me are the FA Cup. The FA Cup final in 2009 was the first because I couldn’t play the season before due to a cup tie. We played against Sunderland, and I remember Chapersas pulling the ball over the top for me, I took it in front of the keeper, turned my left foot and my back towards the goal and finished in an empty net. What a team, what! It was a televised game and one of the only ones back then that had a big crowd.

What have you seen about the Arsenal pitch that you thought was inspirational?

For me, because of how long I’ve been here now and because I’m a lot older and wiser, I just think of the history of the club and the number of players who have shown so much faith in Arsenal to put us where we are today. That’s what motivates me to do everything I can while I’m still playing to be one of the players and to promote this club to the next level.

That has landed me at a time when the game is becoming more professional and there is even more investment, so I feel really inspired by what has been done before me so I can do the same and make sure that any new players are joining. part of the naval team that can become the best shape.

Which player inspired you the most when you were growing up?

When he first signed for Arsenal there were so many stories, it’s so hard to pick just one, but what about me? Probably Julie Fleeting. I saw what she had done for the club and the country and suddenly I had the opportunity to work with her. She gave me a clear way to work towards and I just wanted to have an impact on the game in the same way that she did.

When did you first meet him?

I first met her at a camp in Scotland when I was only 16 and I remember being in awe of her. She was your old school No.9 and a real natural finisher. You could say that his level of play was just above most other players at the time, so it really gave you something to compete with as a kid.

What legend would you like to bring into the current Arsenal team?

Wow, that’s a tough one! Only! But for me the obvious answer is Kelly because of her natural ability. I wish I could have played with her longer because she was a really special player and she reminds you why the game is called beautiful. She had everything and I feel like she could have a slot in the team and do her thing in history.

Now, is there a member who can inspire you? How do they do it?

I’m not sure I can answer this. To accept that one of the teammates feels wrong, because so many, and for so many different reasons, sometimes the pitch. They inspire and motivate me to be a better player and person and I can’t thank them enough for that. I love working with them every day. I am constantly surrounded by incredible people and athletes.

Have you ever felt the need to try a game for a certain person to win?

If I’m honest, I don’t think my mind has ever been wired that way. It’s always been about performing for my teammates, staff and fans. It’s never really been a certain motivation for me – it’s always been a constant desire to improve and win.

I just want you to know that I will give everything to represent this club in the best possible way.

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