Arsenal manager Jonas Eidewall expressed his excitement after his side defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the season’s opener of Women Super League at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall after the game told Sky Sports: “It’s a season opener, a big experience for me and the team and the club here to play a competitive game at Emirates. It was so nice we could reward the Arsenal fans with a win today, and they were magnificent during the game. I know it wasn’t a full house but it sure sounded like it.
“In the beginning of the game, I thought we played out from their pressure in a really good way. We were calm and composed and we were punishing their pretty high defensive line. Then we stopped running and we get into problems, both in our pressing and build-up play.
“Then how we managed to win the game is that we showed a lot of heart defending in our box. We’ve talked a lot about when we defend low, we need to prioritise the central areas, we can’t be too stressed in trying to put pressure on them at all costs in the wider areas.
“We did that a little bit early in the second half and they punished us pretty hard by playing into the pocket, but once we got that sorted, we had sort of control.
“I’m new in English football, I’m new at the club and we need to develop long-term. I’m delighted that we won today, but we have a lot of learning points from this game. We are not a finished project, we are in the beginning.
“When I look at this game, I wanted a good performance, but to develop, we need to learn. This was fantastic opportunity to do so and I hope we can grow during the season, or I expect us to or I’m not doing a good job!” he concluded.