Arsenal appoint Jonas Eidevall as New head coach

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Arsenal have appointed 38-year-old Swedish tactician Jonas Eidevall as the new head coach of their women’s senior team ahead of the 2021-2022 season.

The Swedish tactician replaced Jose Montemurro who ended his relationship with Arsenal at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Jose spent four years at Arsenal before he left to coach the Juventus women team.

Before Jose left, he helped the Arsenal women’s team to win one FA Women’s Super League, and one FA Women’s League Cup, and led the women’s team to the final of the 2017-2018 FA Women’s Cup.

His successor, Jonas Eidevall who has been a coach since he was 23-year-old made his name in European women club football when he led Swedish side Rosengard to last season’s Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Before then, he helped the Swedish women’s team to win three Swedish league titles in his two spells at the club. He has also coached a men’s team, Lunds BK before his last spell at Rosengard.

Jonas Eidevall in training with Rosengard's women team.
File photo of Jonas Eidevall in training with Rosengard’s women team.

After he was given the responsibility to manage the Arsenal women’s team starting from the 2021-2022 season, the Swedish tactician told Arsenal’s official website that it was an honor for him to be named the coach of the club.

He went on to promise that he would be ambitious during his reign at the club while stressing that he intends to add to the honors Arsenal have already achieved in women’s football.

Jonas said: “I feel honored to be taking this role. Arsenal have a rich history, more successful than any other women’s team in England. I want to add to these honors. It’s super important that we win, and we will be very ambitious about that, but it’s even more important that we live the values and defend the club badge on a day-to-day basis. I cannot wait to do that at Arsenal.”

While Arsenal’s chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, added: “Jonas was the standout candidate of everybody that we considered for this role and we think he’s going to be a great fit to be the head coach of Arsenal Women. We needed to found the right person to represent our club, both on the pitch and off the pitch.

“As for his coaching style, he will bring the style of football that Arsenal fans want to see. He’s someone who likes to play on the front foot, high-tempo, attractive, attacking football. The thing that really came out in all of our interactions with Jonas is how much he wanted to join Arsenal and his desire to be part of this club, his desire to be part of our future and to help us deliver our ambitions going forward. So we’re delighted that he’s joining us.”

Meanwhile, the German national team would not be allowed to train on the pitch of the Wembley Stadium on the eve of their round of 16 game against England which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 29.

Wembley Stadium.
Wembley Stadium.

The handlers of the stadium believe that if the German players train on the pitch tonight, June 28, the pitch might not be in a good shape before the kick-off of the game on Tuesday night due to the forecast that it might rain heavily in London today.

This is seen as an advantage to the Three Lions of England who played their group games at the stadium since the Euro 2020 campaign started.

In reaction to the decision to keep the German national team out of the stadium until the kick-off date, German newspaper Bild described the decision as a “scandal”.

Hence, if England find it easy against Germany on Tuesday night, the decision to keep the German team out of the stadium ahead of the game might be seen as a contributing factor.

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