Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall is the primary to confess his strategy to the season is “very boring” in some methods.
A meticulous supervisor, he appears targeted on the smallest particulars, constructing recreation by recreation by what he hopes might be a successful marketing campaign for the Gunners.
However the outcomes of his efforts usually are not sending anybody to sleep any time quickly.
Arsenal maintained their good begin to the Ladies’s Tremendous League with an entertaining 3-0 win towards Everton on Sunday; Frida Maanum’s stunner from 25 yards was maybe one of many targets of the season to date.
The north London aspect lead the league after 5 wins from 5, and are three factors away from Chelsea, the 2020 and 2021 champions.
However Eidevall is not going to sit up for a doable first league title for Arsenal since 2019, retaining himself firmly within the right here and now.
“It is all the time recreation by recreation,” he stated on The Ladies’s Soccer Present.
“I am very boring in that side. The one factor we are able to management is the subsequent opponent, so it is sensible to place all of your focus there.”
Though he might imagine his strategy to the season behind the scenes is boring, the Swede is decided to see Arsenal activate the fashion on the pitch.
“I’d say getting outcomes with out good soccer is boring and taking part in good soccer with out outcomes is pointless,” he stated.
“We’re completely satisfied to have the ability to do each.”
‘Aggressive and unpredictable’ Arsenal
Arsenal have undoubtedly been doing each.
With a extra direct fashion of play this season, they’ve scored 19 targets and conceded simply two within the WSL to date.
“He is attempting to get them extra aggressive on the entrance foot, making their play unpredictable at instances,” former Arsenal captain Kelly Smith informed BBC Radio 5 Reside’s Soccer Day by day.
“It is actually working. He is introduced a brand new vitality and a brand new buzz to this crew. He loves his crew and his gamers. The gamers love him.”
That gameplan has solely come up towards one impediment to date: Barcelona within the Champions League group stage.
Pressured to defend quite than play on the entrance foot, Arsenal struggled towards the Spanish aspect and fell to a 4-1 defeat.
Eidevall’s response to that is to double down on his aggressive technique, with the aspect again in Champions League motion towards Hoffenheim on Thursday.
“It is onerous to defend towards Barcelona however the extra you must defend, the more durable it’s,” he defined.
“Now we have to be higher with the ball in order that we do not spend so lengthy defending.”
‘Arsenal need to be on the high of each recreation they play’ – Smith
No matter what occurs in Europe, Smith believes the home league is Arsenal’s to lose.
The WSL’s first champions in 2011, Arsenal retained the title in 2012 however then needed to wait seven years to be topped once more. Now they want to break the dominance of a Chelsea aspect who’ve gained the title in 4 of the previous six seasons.
Eidevall fell to his knees in celebration as Arsenal held on for a 3-2 victory towards the defending champions of their opening match of the season.
The Gunners’ journey to Kingsmeadow on 13 February could but show to be the league decider and so much may depend upon how far the groups go within the FA Cup and Champions League.
The WSL now takes a four-week break till 6 November, however each side will play in final season’s delayed cup semi-finals earlier than then.
“This league is so aggressive now,” stated Smith.
“Arsenal need to be on the high of each recreation they play if they’ll win this title this season.
“I’ve performed in quite a few Chelsea-Arsenal video games. It is fierce. It may probably come all the way down to that recreation.”