Hayes previews WSL opener against Arsenal

Our clash with Arsenal will see the return of our travelling fans, while new assistant coach Tanya Oxtoby will also be in attendance. Hayes is delighted to have them both on board to support her players.

She said: ‘Tanya has got great experience, already with Paul [Green], Stuart [Searle], Denise [Reddy], I’ve got great assistants.

‘Tanya in her time across many different clubs has built upon a good playing career and she will really help to support me with the players both on and off the pitch. I’m excited to work with her.

When asked about the return of fans, Hayes said: ‘I’m looking forward to seeing our fans. I know how much the team mean to them and how much they’ve missed being apart from the team.

‘We welcome them back this Sunday and look forward to another epic game between two fantastic teams.’

Sunday’s game kicks off at 12.30pm and will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Main Event.