Jonas Eidevall confirmed yesterday that he gained’t begin at Arsenal till July 12, as he sees out the ultimate two video games of his contract with FC Rosengård, earlier than the Damallsvenskan goes on a mid-season break. When requested about recruitment, Eidevall mentioned, “we have now two extra video games earlier than that, so clearly that’s taking on numerous my time in the mean time.” So whereas his time could also be taken up along with his present membership, there are some issues that will likely be on his to-do listing, in each the fast, and the longer-term. Here is an inventory of a few of them:
Arsenal presently have simply three central midfielders who’re on the squads books, and match for subsequent season. Malin Gut, who was anticipated to go away the membership, suffered a torn ACL within the closing week of the season. With Jill Roord departing for Wolfsburg, Danïelle van de Donk departing for Lyon, and Ruby Mace departing for Manchester City, Arsenal have simply Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, and Lia Wälti. Little will likely be on the Olympics, and whereas Arsenal have signed Mana Iwabuchi, she is rather more of an attacking midfielder relatively than a central midfielder. This is a right away want given Arsenal’s congested begin to the season, and provided that Little, Nobbs, and Wälti have all had accidents over the previous three seasons.
That brings us to the subsequent concern: enhance Arsenal’s harm document. This just isn’t solely one thing that’s inside Eidevall’s remit—although, as the primary group head coach, he has some management over how coaching is structured and the dimensions of squad he makes use of—but in addition requires enchancment and funding from the membership. The membership have introduced a few of these enhancements in accordance to Vinai Venketesham:
For instance, we’ve considerably elevated and enhanced the backroom workers that assist our girls’s group, so we’re bringing on board a new head of sports activities drugs and sports activities science, we’ve elevated the workers in our medical group, we’ve introduced on board a nutritionist, we’ve created a new particular person growth coach position, we’ve introduced on extra operations workers.
The membership can even be constructing new devoted amenities for the ladies’s first group at London Colney.
With Arsenal’s congested schedule this is a crucial concern to remedy rapidly. That being mentioned, with a number of gamers concerned on the Olympics, this can be a problem that takes a little bit bit longer to correctly deal with.
One cause why Arsenal have been within the place of needing a new head coach was the membership’s massive sport document. In the final two seasons, Arsenal had gained three league video games towards Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United, out of 11—with two of these wins coming towards Manchester United. It was a equally poor document within the Cups, and within the Champions League, Arsenal have been knocked out by PSG. While every sport was barely totally different, there was a typical theme between most of them: Arsenal battling the excessive press opponents positioned on them, leaving their midfield and assault disconnected, whereas additionally not having the ability to counter-press the opposition, even when Arsenal may do it at moments to nice impact.
Pressing is one thing that, in his introduction to the followers, Eidevall has spoken of fairly a bit:
I need to play a high-paced possession sport, that’s no secret in case you’ve seen my groups play earlier than. If we lose the ball, we’d like to have a construction, and we’d like to have strategies to win that ball again as quickly as doable. Any group on the planet will present a minimum of one weak point if the stress is intense sufficient, and we’d like to guarantee that we carry each group we face to that choking level.
During my time at Rosengard, we had some key rules of play that at all times remained constant. I needed us to create with the ball, I needed us to have the ball, and I needed us to win the ball again rapidly. That is at all times a continuing. But in different elements, I’m very, very versatile as a coach. At Rosengard, I’ve performed 4 totally different formations on an everyday foundation. We’ve had numerous totally different urgent schemes that we’ve used relying on which gamers we have now had out there and the opponents we have been taking part in towards. I believe that’s a vital half in soccer, that you simply want to be tactically versatile along with your positioning. But you additionally want to be fixed and people are your essential rules of play.
If Arsenal can enhance their construction on the ball and off the ball, particularly with regard to urgent, they are going to be higher in massive video games, as Eidevall explains to Tim Stillman: “For me it’s at all times concerning the positioning of the gamers, if the positioning and the strategies are clear to the gamers they usually know the place to search for the subsequent move it’s simpler when you’re course of oriented when you’re on the sphere.”
This is much less of a right away want. While Arsenal will need to play effectively towards massive opponents to start the season, this can be a course of that can want to be judged throughout the season as a complete; primarily, can Eidevall flip Arsenal right into a group that’s once more routinely aggressive towards the most effective groups they face in Europe and in England? Given the disparity within the WSL between the most effective groups and the remainder of the league, the success of Arsenal underneath Eidevall will likely be decided by a profitable course of in massive video games.
Arsenal face a consequential shut season subsequent summer time—with choices having to be made now about what’s going to occur in that window. Vivianne Miedema, in fact, is out of contract, however there are a selection of key gamers who can even see their contract expire, together with Jordan Nobbs, and Leah Williamson, who solely signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month. When she re-signed, Williamson mentioned, “That’s one other factor about signing my new contract: can I do that [become the best centre back in the world] right here? I imagine that for the foreseeable that yeah, that’s true.” Essentially, Williamson desires to be satisfied long-term that Arsenal stays the most effective place for her profession—one thing that can prolong to quite a few gamers.
For instance, if Arsenal are to maintain Miedema, Nobbs, Williamson and others, it gained’t be sufficient to merely be aggressive. There could have to be an articulated imaginative and prescient as to how, and the way rapidly, Arsenal can compete for the Champions League title. This goes to be exhausting to obtain within the first few months of Eidevall’s reign given quite a few extenuating circumstances: a congested schedule, and key gamers on the Olympics, and if Arsenal draw Wolfsburg or Lyon within the 2nd spherical of Champions League qualifiers, and exit, that doesn’t imply Eidevall is a failure.
This week, the membership have spoken an enormous sport about wanting to keep the usual that has been set all through this membership’s historical past. It is, in any case, the one British group to win the ladies’s Champions League, and the results of evaluation of Arsenal Women that was put into place by Vinai Venketesham has a probably optimistic outlook. But as Venketesham himself mentioned, it’s important to retain key gamers—as necessary as bringing new gamers in. Those gamers will solely keep if they’ll see their ambitions fulfilled at Arsenal; that’s, is there a path set out by the membership on the assist and infrastructure facet and by Jonas Eidevall on the teaching facet that can allow Arsenal to bridge the present hole to Europe’s elite.