Arsenal Women centre back Jennifer Beattie revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer in an interview with the BBC’s Football Focus. Having discovered a lump, Beattie was diagnosed in October—a few days before Arsenal beat Brighton in the Women’s Super League. Beattie scored in that 5-0 victory, an emotional moment that meant a lot to Beattie, as well as her teammates.
The girls here were just unbelievable. I feel like it’s moments like these or times like these where you realise why you play sport. It really is like being part of a family away from family. I don’t know what I would have done without them. That’s the staff and the players. They’ve all been unbelievable. The support I’ve had down here has got me through it, for sure.