THE LOWDOWNArsenal Women take a 3 objective result in Prague as they search to seal their qualification for the Champions League group phases in opposition to Slavia on the Eden Stadium. Goals from Nikita Parris, Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema at Meadow Park final week have put the Gunners in a powerful place to qualify for the group stage, that begins in October.
Spirits are excessive after the deadline day signing of Tobin Heath and the 3-2 victory over defending champions Chelsea within the first match of the WSL marketing campaign on Sunday. 9,000 followers witnessed a massively entertaining and tense sport. This one is more likely to have decidedly fewer thrills and spills with Arsenal absolutely anticipated to complete the job within the Czech Republic.
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After the monumental effort required to defeat Chelsea on Sunday, some rotation is just about assured- rotation can be a characteristic below Jonas Eidevall who calls for a high-intensity strategy from his gamers. However, he received’t take something without any consideration, in his pre-Slavia press convention, the Swede talked up Slavia’s Champions League expertise and their potential to compete with huge groups.
They have improved since Arsenal beat them 13-2 on combination within the competitors two seasons in the past. That stated, it might be an immense shock if Arsenal weren’t capable of end off this tie comfortably. They definitely left objectives on the pitch through the 3-0 residence leg at Boreham Wood final week and they’re going to wish to make the night as comfy as doable for themselves.
A WORD FROM THE BOSS“I work like this; I fear rather a lot about each sport that we play. I don’t suppose something in life is straightforward, particularly not soccer. I believe each sport by means of intimately and that is no completely different. I’m comfortable that we have now the lead we do however I’m not relaxed. We will take into consideration this like some other sport. In the primary leg, Slavia have been how I assumed they might be, they have been fairly compact, they work very arduous and they’re fairly bodily.
“They are ranked seventh or eighth I believe within the UEFA rankings, Arsenal are numerous positions under that in the mean time. I do know Arsenal received huge on combination when the groups final performed however if you happen to have a look at the final 5 years, Slavia have produced numerous huge outcomes. They’ve drawn in opposition to Bayern Munich, they’ve drawn with Lyon. They are usually not a foul group in any respect.”
TEAM NEWSArsenal can be with out Jordan Nobbs (ankle), Jordan advised Sky Sports on Sunday that she had began to jog once more and expects to be again in 4 weeks or so (I think “again” means in full coaching). Caitlin Foord missed Sunday’s match with a good quad muscle and can be checked forward of this sport, whereas Malin Gut (ACL) and Viki Schnaderbeck (knee) are definitely out and Noelle Maritz serves a one-match suspension.
Simone Boye not too long ago pulled out of the Denmark squad with an damage so can also be unlikely obtainable for this sport. Jen Beattie and Beth Mead went off with cramp on Sunday and is also rotated with a league sport away at Reading on Sunday. Tobin Heath continues to be not within the UK and is unlikely to play this facet of the September worldwide break.
Available squadGOALKEEPERS: 1.Zinsberger, 18.Williams, 28.CullDEFENDERS: 3.Wubben-Moy, 4.Patten, 5.Beattie, 6.Williamson, 7.Catley, 20.Boye, 29.GoldieMIDFIELDERS: 10.Little, 12.Maanum, 13.Wälti, 23.IwabuchiFORWARDS: 9.Mead, 11.Miedema, 14.Parris, 15.McCabe, 19.Foord
LAST TIME OUTThe Gunners received the primary leg 3-0 at Meadow Park final weekend. When the groups met in Prague in October 2019, the Gunners ran out 5-2 winners because of 4 objectives from Vivianne Miedema and a Kim Little penalty. Kim has scored a penalty in every of the three video games she has performed in opposition to Slavia to this point.
PLAYER TO WATCHKatie McCabe and Noelle Maritz are the one outfield gamers with extra minutes than Frida Maanum to this point this season. The 22-year-old Norwegian midfielder has proven a powerful stage of tactical consciousness, taking part in as a six within the qualifiers in opposition to Okzhetpes and PSV Eindhoven after which lining up behind Katie McCabe virtually as an auxiliary model left-back place to assist Arsenal overload the left flank in opposition to Chelsea.
It’s spectacular for a brand new participant, and a younger one at that, to point out such an array of tactical disciplines in her first video games for the membership. It additionally exhibits the extent to which Jonas Eidevall trusts Maanum. She has proven in her opening video games an actual willingness to shoot from vary and it looks like a matter of time earlier than a type of photographs nestles into the highest nook.
Subs: 5.Beattie, 9.Mead, 10.Little, 18.Williams, 19.Foord, 28.Cull, 29.Goldie.
HOW TO CATCH THE GAMEThe match kicks off at 5.30pm UK time on Thursday night. Arsenal are chatting with Slavia Praha about offering a dwell stream of the sport that Arsenal can use however it’s nonetheless but to be confirmed. As the house group, any streaming facility can be completely all the way down to Slavia however the Eden Stadium is a contemporary floor and it shouldn’t be past them to take action.
COMING UPWe can have match response from Jonas Eidevall on the location on Thursday night, in addition to all the standard build-up and response to Sunday’s sport at Reading. For additional studying and listening, we have now an article concerning the signing of Tobin Heath and the way it alerts a change of coverage for Arsenal right here.