On Kim Little being subbed at half time…
She’s totally fine, it was pre-planned. The plan today was to manage everyone coming back from injury. We wanted to give them game stimulus back to make sure we got them off at the right time. We actually wanted to get Jill off earlier and we wanted to give Lisa Evans 45 minutes today too.
On why the second half was so different to Arsenal’s dominant first half…
First half was very, very good. I think it was one of the best halves of the season to be honest, we were in complete control. But when you have to tinker with personnel it takes the rhythm a bit. All credit to Tottenham they pushed us back more in the second half and got the rewards for it.
Morgan misses. Arsenal win
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) November 18, 2020
On whether the game meant more to Spurs than Arsenal…
We go out to play every game in the best possible manner to win, it was always going to be very, very tough to get into the next round with the amount of goals we needed and relying on results elsewhere. We did want to use it as a game to bring players back in and start reintroducing players coming back from rehab while also keeping an eye on players who are coming back because they will be going on international duty now.
On Leah Williamson making her 150th Arsenal appearance….
We’re very proud, she personifies everything we’re trying to do at the club, she’s an amazing character who wants to be better and is so humble, it’s incredible to be part of her development. I’m proud that we’ve given her the opportunities and we trust her and we hope she has many more games for us.
On Lia Walti making her 50th Arsenal appearance….
We can all appreciate the opportunity to see Wali in the Arsenal shirt but also the way she conducts herself and how important she is for the team. She’s infectious and when she’s not playing, you notice it. She’s an important part of what we’re trying to achieve and she’s an amazing person to work with. I’m blessed to be working with Leah and Wali.
On preparing for a game where Arsenal didn’t know how much they needed to win by…
The only thing we knew is that we had to win by for goals or more but it was always going to be difficult with the various scenarios and with games postponed, so we didn’t know. We compete in every tournament to win it and we have been in the final every year I have been here but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise because we know the fixture list is pretty brutal this year. The game was valuable to get players back in but it’s also a learning curve for us to ascertain our standards at all times because in the second half tonight we didn’t keep our standards.