THE LOWDOWNArsenal Women tackle Chelsea for his or her first pleasant for this pre-season. The Gunners begin their WSL marketing campaign at residence to the identical opponents on the primary weekend in September, nonetheless, Arsenal have between two and 4 Champions League qualifying rounds to play earlier than then. They want the match apply, even when most of the squad are in Tokyo competing on the Olympic Games.
This match represents new coach Jonas Eidevall’s first recreation answerable for Arsenal- he solely arrived at London Colney late this week after observing a interval of quarantine having served out his discover with Rosengard till July twelfth. This additionally marks Arsenal Women’s first recreation at Emirates Stadium because the summer season of 2019.
Looking sharp, @FMaanum 🔥🔥🔥
Go behind the scenes at London Colney 👇
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) July 29, 2021
Both groups are early of their pre-seasons and are depleted by members within the Olympics, the sport is extra essential for Arsenal’s preparation than Chelsea’s at this stage, given their season begins three weeks sooner than Emma Hayes’ facet, who will likely be with out the likes of Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Magdalena Eriksson and others.
For extra info on the Arsenal squad, I put collectively a participant profiles piece right here. Earlier this week, I additionally chatted with Swiss midfielder Lia Wälti about this recreation and the ladies’s crew enjoying on the Emirates extra usually, which you’ll learn right here.
TEAM NEWSArsenal will likely be with out Lotte Wubben-Moy, Leah Williamson, Steph Catley, Kim Little, Vivianne Miedema, Nikita Parris, Lydia Williams, Caitlin Foord and Mana Iwabuchi, who’ve all been competing on the Olympic Games in Japan. Viki Schnaderbeck just isn’t fairly able to return, after present process knee surgical procedure earlier this summer season.
However, Jen Beattie needs to be match to play after present process again surgical procedure within the spring, whereas Danish centre-half Simone Boye and Norwegian midfielder Frida Maanum are in line to make their debuts. Goalkeeper Fran Stenson can also be match once more after lacking the back-end of final season with a damaged thumb.
LAST TIME OUTThe golf equipment final met at Emirates Stadium in April 2012 in entrance of 5,000 spectators within the WSL. Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners on that event due to a brace from Kim Little and a purpose from Katie Chapman. When the groups final met at Meadow Park in November, the scores had been tied at 1-1- Beth Mead gave Arsenal the lead on 85 minutes earlier than a stoppage time equaliser from Chelsea after a cross ricocheted into the online off Lotte Wubben-Moy.
THE OPPOSITIONChelsea are the crew to beat for the time being within the WSL, boasting the deepest squad and so they have gained the league title and the League Cup in every of the final two seasons. Arsenal mustn’t have completed 10 factors behind them final season, nonetheless, Chelsea are the most effective groups in Europe for the time being, even when they had been crushed 4-1 within the Champions League Final by Barcelona in May.
Great information! 🙌@Berger_Ann has prolonged her contract with the Blues! 💙
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) July 28, 2021
Under the steering of former Arsenal assistant supervisor Emma Hayes, Chelsea proceed to splash the money, enlisting stellar attacking expertise like Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder and, this summer season, former Gunners midfielder Lauren James. Arsenal haven’t crushed Chelsea since handing them a 5-0 shoeing at Kingsmeadow in October 2018.
PLAYER TO WATCHSigned from Linkoping in Sweden earlier this week, Frida Maanum has solely simply turned 22 however captained Linkoping final season and went to Euro 2017 with Norway on the age of 18. Maanum is taken into account one of many most interesting younger midfield skills in Europe, she already has 33 caps for her nation. She scored seven objectives and had three assists in 20 appearances for Linkoping final season.
Frida Maanum 2020 season:
Maanum is likely one of the largest skills popping out of Norway. Her capability within the closing third & imaginative and prescient is unimaginable. She has a depraved shot on her. Great in 1v1 conditions and likes to drive ahead with the ball. pic.twitter.com/ifTbG6x3gp
— Yash (@Odriozolite) June 11, 2021
She was enjoying aggressive soccer proper up till the tip of June within the Damallsvenskan so she must be in good bodily form too. “We are very pleased to convey Frida into our squad,” coach Jonas Eidevall instructed Arsenal.com. “She is already an skilled participant and her technical capability paired along with her management qualities will align to the type of soccer that we wish to play right here. We are wanting ahead to working along with her.”
HOW TO CATCH THE GAMEThe match kicks off at 12.15pm at Emirates Stadium, previous to the 2 males’s groups enjoying each other. If you have got a ticket for Sunday, it will get you into each matches. This recreation will likely be streamed dwell on Arsenal.com, free for Arsenal members or else for £7.99 for non-members.
COMING UPWe could have unique match response from Head Coach Jonas Eidevall on Arseblog News straight after the match on Sunday. We will even document a podcast Arsenal’s 4 summer season signings- Nikita Parris, Mana Iwabuchi, Simone Boye and Frida Maanum throughout August.