Jonas Eidevall has had a close to excellent begin to life in north London.
A considerate supervisor with a transparent ambition, the 38-year-old has made a severe impression in his quick spell within the Ladies’s Tremendous League.
Having arrived from Rosengard in June, in solely 4 months the Swede has reworked Arsenal right into a high-energy, front-footed and free-scoring aspect – a philosophy that has resulted in a 100% begin to the WSL season because the Gunners high the league with a most 12 factors.
Eidevall spoke concerning the topic as a part of a wide-ranging interview with BBC Sport, throughout which he additionally mentioned his early reminiscences of the sport, his admiration for his predecessor Joe Montemurro and his hopes of regaining Arsenal’s place on the high of girls’s soccer.
‘I wanted someplace to channel my ardour’
Eidevall’s teaching profession began as a 23-year-old when he turned an assistant at Swedish males’s group Lund. He went on to handle the aspect for greater than three years after which went on to win quite a few league titles with Rosengard.
“I had desires of being an amazing participant however I wasn’t gifted sufficient.
“I did not have sufficient path and I wanted someplace to channel my ardour for the sport. I realised I used to be higher at teaching than the opposite issues.
“I did not know a lot concerning the sport after I first began teaching, however I listened, realized and invested quite a lot of belief in folks.
“I adore it as a result of I get to work with folks. I like to grasp folks and assist them. For those who make investments confidence in an individual, they provides you with one thing again.”
‘You win gold however silver is free’
Up till Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to reigning champions Barcelona within the Ladies’s Champions League, Eidevall – who’s from Boras within the south of Sweden – had gained each sport as Gunners boss.
“The place I come from, successful is what drives you.
“There is a saying in my metropolis: ‘you win gold however silver you get without spending a dime.’ Typically that may be a burden as a result of successful is subsequently the one factor that you just demand from your self, however they’re all rules that I’m attempting to carry to Arsenal.
“There are by no means any ensures however in case you can look your self within the mirror on the finish of the day and say you’ve got given your all to be one of the best, nobody can ask for something extra.”
‘I am grateful to Joe Montemurro’
Eidevall changed Joe Montemurro, who had spent simply wanting 4 years at Arsenal and is now Juventus boss.
“I really had the pleasure of assembly Joe when he was in Sweden teaching – I used to be so impressed with him.
“For me to work with a group that he has labored with for thus lengthy, I really feel very privileged.
“The way in which he carried out his practices, the group he created and the way he educated the gamers laid an amazing basis.”
‘Formidable’ Arsenal on the precise path
Eidevall oversaw a busy summer time of transfers and witnessed quite a lot of new faces arrive in north London, together with England striker Nikita Parris and USA star Tobin Heath.
“The ambition was an enormous think about me coming right here in addition to the very fact the membership had quite a lot of motivation for change.
“The board wish to make investments and regain the place that it has held traditionally, that attracted me to the membership.
“We have made some nice signings, we’ve an amazing squad. However probably the most essential issues is that we additionally saved quite a lot of gamers from final season.
“In soccer it is very easy to concentrate on new gamers coming in, however typically one of the best signings for golf equipment are to maintain the gamers which can be already acting at a excessive stage in that atmosphere.”
‘We have to beat the highest groups to win trophies’
With 4 wins from 4 the Gunners have made an ideal begin to the brand new WSL marketing campaign, producing 16 targets and already beating champions Chelsea.
“I need my Arsenal group to be seen as a very, actually good group.
“I need our urgent to be extra intense and aggressive and I need to have the ability to shift momentum once we’re enjoying towards the highest groups.
“Arsenal performed quite a lot of good soccer final season, however they did not carry out to their greatest towards one of the best groups like Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis. If you wish to win trophies, it is advisable do this towards one of the best groups.”