The synergy and shared values proceed to run all through the course of their time collectively as focus turns in direction of the joy round this season with its multi-million pound broadcasting deal that may carry new stars of the game entrance and centre. It is a new age for the sport that Wright was first launched to within the Eighties.
“People will ask me, ‘why do you champion ladies’s soccer?’ and I take a look at them like, why not?” Wright tells Telegraph Women’s Sport. “It’s soccer and I like soccer. I’m not championing the ladies’s recreation, I’m championing soccer and ladies are enjoying it.”
Wubben-Moy interjects: “And that’s the greatest praise for us as ladies within the recreation. Because you strip all of it again and it’s simply soccer, the identical recreation you performed, the identical recreation I play and one others will play after us.”
“Marieanne Spacey was one of many biggest gamers I’ve ever seen,” Wright provides. “She may do every thing – unbelievable rocket photographs. Now you watch gamers like Keira Walsh. I like the way in which she performs, she’s so cultured.”
“You know, the best factor about Marieanne Spacey and Rachel Yankey is these people at the moment are teaching,” Wubben-Moy says. “So they’re passing their experiences on and that’s additionally what we want within the ladies’s recreation.”
The high quality of gamers within the league is what prompted London-born Wubben-Moy to return to the WSL. With her Dutch-English heritage, she could be repeatedly heard swapping languages on the pitch to converse with Arsenal’s talismanic ahead Vivianne Miedema. Having made her senior Arsenal debut at 16, she adopted within the footsteps of England defender Lucy Bronze and spent three years on the University of North Carolina, earlier than coming house final season.
“It was extraordinarily totally different, it’s very bodily,” Wubben-Moy mentioned of her time in America. “It’s very rah-rah and it’s extraordinarily aggressive. Probably one of many greatest take-homes was that.”
Still contemporary from linking up with the Team GB squad on the Tokyo Olympics, Wubben-Moy is hoping that competitiveness will assist her this season as Arsenal, underneath new coach Jonas Eidevall, look to wrestle the title from Chelsea’s grasp after a two-year silverware drought.
Emma Hayes’s aspect will nonetheless be those to look at, having bolstered their squad with the addition of ahead Lauren James this summer season. The Chelsea supervisor was a lot heralded for her insightful punditry for ITV throughout this summer season’s males’s European Championship and a viral video of Hayes leaping up and down embracing Wright within the studio as England beat Denmark within the semi-finals captured the hearts of followers throughout the nation.
“I like her! What a lady,” laughs Wright. “I’d put Emma Hayes in a room with anybody, whether or not they’re a professional, Sunday league or a fan of 70 years, I don’t care how lengthy they watch it for. If they’re sitting there with Emma Hayes, they’re going to get one thing.
“She is an elite coach. When I’m watching together with her, she sees it approach earlier than I’ve seen it. Her thoughts is working in another way.”
Despite the expansion in ladies commentators and pundits, their presence when masking males’s soccer nonetheless raises eyebrows. “The ladies are underneath a lot strain and you’ve acquired males within the media, myself included, getting a free cross,” Wright says. “But if a lady says something improper or reverse to what a sure group thinks, look what occurs. Look at what occurred to Kaz [Karen Carney] and to Alex [Scott] – it’s disgraceful. It’s like they will’t make one mistake and it shouldn’t be like that. Because all people makes errors. I make errors.”