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Tottenham Women drawn away to Arsenal in Women’s FA Cup quarterfinals

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Eeeesh but also maybe?

Arsenal FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC - Vitality Women’s FA Cup: Quarter Final Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

The Women’s FA Cup schedule has been screwed up for a while now due to COVID. Just like this fall, the annual cup campaign started this season, but won’t finish up until after next season starts. Unfortunately, Spurs have hooked a whale — Tottenham have been drawn away to Arsenal in the quarterfinals, which will take place in September.

While on the one hand I love the fact that we’re getting multiple Women’s North London Derbies a season now, there’s still a pretty huge gulf between the sides at present. That probably won’t change before the fall, though if you want to be optimistic you can hope that the 11 players Spurs released this week suggests that they may be trying for a serious upgrade in talent this summer.

We have no idea how good Tottenham will be next season, but we can surmise that Arsenal will continue to be excellent. And while Spurs have come close to knocking off their rivals for the first time ever (none closer than the penalty shootout loss in the WSL Cup last November) they haven’t quite been able to get it over the line. It’ll be another big challenge for Spurs in the early part of the season, but should also serve as a barometer for how good they can be.