Perhaps, by next season, Eidevall will have found a balance in his Arsenal Women team selection

Arsenal Women’s manager, Jonas Eidevall, had a difficult season in 2022–23 because most of his top players were out injured: Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema, Leah Williamson and Laura Wienroither all suffered ACL injuries, and other injuries included team captain Kim Little who is such a driving force within the Arsenal squad. Eidevall had a tremendously difficult time setting up his line-up with a limited squad.

Last summer, he compensated for his struggles by going all out, making five impactful signings (Alessia Russo, Cloe Lacasse, Amanda Ilestedt, Kyra Cooney-Cross, and Laia Codina). As a result of these arrivals and the recovery of injured players, Eidevall’s team grew significantly.

With a large squad, one thing is certain: the manager believed he had the option to rotate his team. And the Swedish tactician did that; he rotated his team freely, which made many concerned about the squad’s over-rotation – particularly as we had so many new players to integrate, coupled with the micro-managed return of players rehabilitating from serious injury.

Indeed, last season, Eidevall had a plethora of options to choose from, causing us to lose a sense of familiarity or fluidity in our play, leading to a sometimes disjointed and disconnected performance. It’s natural that, after having fewer players available for selection due to injuries the previous season, he struggled to strike a balance with his rotation.

But, perhaps, by next season, Eidevall will have found a balance in his team selection, have his main team, and stick with it. With a defined starting 11, on-field relationships will be created, and it may be easier for the team to adopt one style, which may fire them to victory.

What are your thoughts Gooners?

Michelle M

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