Jonas Eidevall at Arsenal – tactical analysis

Jonas Eidevall has simply joined Arsenal Women just lately to be their head coach after he was at Rosengard Women for 4 years. The Swedish head coach gained the Swedish league title again in 2019 and completed second final season after he had experiences at Malmö FF and Lunds Bollklubb. Moreover, he had the possibility of enjoying in UEFA Women’s Champions League usually and assembly massive groups like Bayern Munich and Chelsea. This expertise at a excessive degree has certainly made Eidevall conscious and conversant in the extent of such massive groups and due to this fact he is aware of what to anticipate when competing in FAWSL.
In this tactical analysis article, we’ll discover Eidevall’s footballing philosophy, his tactical concepts and the way can he apply them at Arsenal. This might be carried out whereas protecting in thoughts that it’s so unlikely to vary Arsenal’s ways in a single go, this course of will certainly take time, particularly if Eidevall is already pleased with among the already current tactical concepts at Arsenal.
Preferred formations and line-ups:
Eidevall is a versatile head coach who’s snug in altering formations and counting on quite a few ones for every alternative. For Rosengard, he primarily used the three-5-2 and the 4-3-3 however he additionally tried these formations with a lesser diploma: 3-4-1-2, 4-1-4-1 and the 4-4-2. This signifies that he won’t have issues in selecting an sufficient formation for Arsenal based mostly on the gamers and on how he needs to play. Eidevall will most likely rely primarily on the 4-3-3 since he has the appropriate gamers for this formation, however at the identical time, he can change to different formations when wanted, particularly if the outcomes don’t comply with. He would extra seemingly resort to the three-5-2 at occasions if he finds the sufficient gamers for it because it offers him a plethora of concepts particularly in assault, this might be defined additional beneath.
It is true that Arsenal might be lacking helpful gamers like Van de Donk and Jill Roord, but the switch window continues to be open and we’ll extra seemingly see a midfielder or two becoming a member of the staff quickly.
But at the identical time, they’ve signed Mana Iwabuchi and she or he could be an awesome addition in assault, both as a winger or as a sub for Miedema as nicely.
And as you may see beneath, Eidevall will extra seemingly maintain utilizing wingers since he has some wonderful ones whereas the one situation might be to switch the leaving midfielders with high quality gamers in that space. In defence, he’ll almost certainly maintain utilizing the identical gamers too since they’re the very best at the staff truly.

Attacking concepts
Eidevall believes within the significance of mastering counter-assaults and exploiting possession in the easiest way to shock and break the opponent’s defence. This was clear in Rosengard’s performances as they had been in a position to rating many targets in keeping with this sample. Most of the time, Rosengard maintain possession till they attain the ultimate third after which search for particular person makes an attempt from wingers or strikers. Yet, the type of possession that Rosengard use is a fast one, counting on vertical passes and making an attempt to make use of horizontal ones as much less as attainable with the intention to achieve time and keep away from giving the chance for opposing defence to organise their strains.
For occasion, on this purpose motion Rosengard circulated the ball from defence to assault with 9 passes to succeed in Olivia Schough who scored the purpose. These passes included a number of horizontal ones however probably the most of them had been vertical ones, and that’s what enabled Schough to have some house to advance and shoot.

In addition to those “counter-attacking based mostly possession”, Eidevall additionally needs his gamers to know precisely when to provoke assaults and when to maintain passing the ball to tire the opponents and make their strains distant. In different phrases, he needs his gamers to make use of possession in a artistic manner and never simply maintain the ball for the sake of it. And at Arsenal, the sort of soccer might be relevant given the standard of gamers current within the squad in addition to their tactical maturity. We anticipate to see an Arsenal staff that is aware of what to do with the ball every time they’re in possession, and never only a passive staff ready for alternatives to come back their manner by hazard.
In the instance beneath, we picked this purpose motion to point out what number of gamers Rosengard use when attacking. Six gamers had been near the penalty space with two wing-backs amongst them who had been key to scoring this purpose. In truth, on this match Eidevall performed with the three-5-2 formation and wing-backs have a elementary function right here particularly in assault. They advance quite a bit and oblige defenders to defend vast, this may then create house for the gamers already positioning themselves centrally contained in the field or simply close to it. In this motion, the left wing-again crossed the ball looking for a header, however the ball wasn’t touched and got here to the fitting wing-again who discovered a free participant contained in the field and handed to her, aiding a purpose.

Eidevall’s attacking plans additionally depend on brief passes and never many lengthy ones, as he additionally instructs his gamers to play “easy” soccer by not exceeding two or three touches every time attainable with the intention to maintain possession fast and achieve extra time. This, together with the reliance on one two mixtures to exclude opponents, makes his gamers environment friendly in overcoming defences in their very own half.
At the identical time, he additionally depends on key crosses within the ultimate third and off the ball motion particularly in assault. Since Eidevall took cost of Rosengard, the staff’s possession price didn’t go underneath 60%, which proves the effectivity of such type and the significance of not holding the ball for therefore lengthy since, which can lead to quite a few interceptions per match, due to this fact, much less possession and extra menace.
Pressing and defence
Concerning defence, Eidevall’s staff performances certainly had some positives and a few negatives as nicely. His staff was in a position to win the big a part of the Swedish league video games but they failed in beating the massive European groups or cease them, which is comprehensible. In truth, Rosengard reached the quarter-ultimate of UWCL final season earlier than getting knocked out by Bayern Munich and that’s already an excellent outcome. Playing in opposition to such massive groups has certainly enabled Eidevall to know extra about this excessive degree and put together defending options for such highly effective groups. And we’ll wait to see how he can apply his defensive concepts at Arsenal to cease groups like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
For occasion, he must be attentive to counter-assaults when going through such groups and instruct his gamers to not permit 2 vs 2 conditions or 2 vs greater than 2 to occur with the intention to keep away from conceding targets just like the one proven on this instance.

Moreover, permitting opponents to maneuver with out the ball at the again of the excessive line of defense can price quite a bit particularly in opposition to scientific strikers. And in FAWSL, Eidevall must warn his defensive gamers about such errors to keep away from conceding targets from these conditions, one thing that occurred when he was at Rosengard.
Like you may see beneath, the Rosengard defender was wanting at the ball and leaving an attacking participant at her again asking for the ball and shifting in direction of the field. Even although her marker was following her, this defender ought to have retreated to have a clearer view of what’s occurring and canopy for her teammates as an alternative of enabling the opponent to run in direction of the free house left behind the line of defense and obtain a key move to attain.

It must be mentioned nevertheless that Rosengard’s most conceded targets got here from penalties or set-items final season and they didn’t concede many targets particularly compared with the scored targets. And with extra skilled gamers at Arsenal, Eidevall can construct a really strong defensive part to safe the staff’s purpose. If he’ll use the three-5-2 formation so typically nevertheless, he’ll want some additional effort from each wing-backs who must be part of the three centre-backs continually whereas supporting the assault as a lot as attainable as nicely, which won’t be easy for gamers who will not be used to such plans.
When it involves urgent, Eidevall works quite a bit on this side and all the time needs his gamers to be environment friendly in executing the urgent directions, since making use of them was typically fruitful for the staff. At the beginning of the sport and even in the middle of the match, Rosengard gamers typically press in a wise manner in order to oblige the opponent’s defenders to search out no passing choice and provides the ball away. Just like you may see beneath, the strikers press on defenders and midfielders mark their direct opponents whereas certainly one of them advances to make an additional strain on the holder of the ball and at the identical time she hides the passing choice to her direct marker, as you may see with the purple triangle.

Jonas Eidevall is an clever selection by Arsenal because the 38-12 months-outdated head coach is a profitable and passionate one who will certainly deliver his footballing concepts and attempt to apply the appropriate ones at Arsenal, hoping to make better outcomes than their earlier ones. Nevertheless, Arsenal are in want of some recruitments with the intention to compete with the massive FAWSL groups and be capable of problem for the title.

I’m Selim Ben Hmida, a Tunisian soccer analyst and a passionate fan of this sport. Follow me on Twitter in case you are curious about studying extra concerning the tactical facet of the sport.

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