Arsenal boss looks past title rivals’ clash

Eidevall insists his side will ‘get better and better every week’

Thursday, 10th February — By Catherine Etoe

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Jonas Eidevall: ‘I can really see us developing and hopefully time will be a positive factor for us’

ARSENAL boss Jonas Eidevall insists the best is yet to come from his team as the race for the Women’s Super League crown ramps up another gear.

The table-topping Gunners will face defending champions Chelsea at a sold-out Kingsmeadow tomorrow (Friday) night live on Sky.

A mere two points are all that separate the sides, with Emma Hayes’ Blues boasting a game in hand over their London rivals.

Yet while the outcome could prove key for either club’s title ambitions, the Gunners’ head coach believes time is still on Arsenal’s side.

“For me every game in the league is important and you need to do your best, so that’s what we’re doing,” Eidevall said. “And that’s why I’m optimistic about the spring as well, because I know we will most likely be the team that develops most during the spring.

“We will be the team that gets better and better for every week.

“I can really see us developing and hopefully time will be a positive factor for us.”

Eidevall is still making his mark on the squad he inherited from Joe Montemurro in the summer.

In January, Anna Patten and Viktoria Schnaderbeck departed on loan, with fellow defenders Rafaelle Souza and Laura Wienroither coming in.

Stina Blackstenius also arrived to bolster the attack and the 25-year-old Swede has already shown her potential as a game-changer for Eidevall.

On Saturday, she combined brilliantly with Vivianne Miedema to score a crucial late equaliser in a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United.

Chelsea, meanwhile, took all three points in an edgy 1-0 win over Manchester City in front of 3,321 lively fans at Kingsmeadow.

Spurs, fourth in the WSL table, are just six points off top spot after an emphatic 4-0 win over Brighton. Rehanne Skinner’s team are away to basement side Birmingham City on Sunday.

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