Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Montemurro glad to have Little and Roord back

Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro says he is relieved to have Kim Little and Jill Roord back in the Gunners engine room ahead of Sunday’s match against Chelsea. Both midfielders played minutes against London City Lionesses and Manchester United recently, though Montemurro admits he has to assess whether both players are capable of playing 90 minutes in an intense game like Sunday’s will be.

Roord completed 13 of her 14 passes when she came on against United, a match where the home side’s pressing game caught Arsenal out. Kim Little also added needed composure to the midfield during her appearance from the bench. The Arsenal boss admits that the team missed both players, with Roord coming back from a knee injury and Little a hamstring strain.

I asked Montemurro whether their technical security would be welcome on Sunday, with Chelsea set to opt for the high tempo pressing that United caught Arsenal out with on Sunday, “I suppose it is a disappointing comment, from my perspective that you say that we struggled technically (against United), because that’s our forte. You have every right to say that, because that was one of the major problems on Sunday.

“Absolutely, our game is based around having the ball and being proactive with the ball. That’s why they’ve been recruited and we’ve missed their detail over the last three, four weeks, albeit the results have been largely positive. But the reality is that the mistakes you make during the game you can’t make against a United, City, or a Chelsea. So, we know they’re going to be crucial for the game.

“We just have to assess whether they have 90 minutes and what they have in them at the moment, because I have to question whether they’re able to play the full 90 minutes and especially in a game that’s going to be at a high tempo. So we have to be careful a) for the game coming up, but b) also for our planning. Because we don’t want to put them at risk in a way that could be a detrimental for the rest of the season, because there’s still a long, long way to go.”

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Definitely need high tempo against Chelsea, particularly in the early stages.

One take away from the Utd. game was that we were not passing sharply – pinging it about as you might say – and often players were waiting for the pass to come to them rather than attack the ball. We need to keep them out and not concede early on. Neither should we allow them to dominate us physically.

Yes Chelsea are a good side, but so are we (injuries permitting, ahem).

Show some belief and deliver that victory!

Fun Gunner

“One take away from the Utd. game … often players were waiting for the pass to come to them rather than attack the ball.”
Yes! I thought it was just me thinking that, has been driving me nuts for a season and a half.

All power to the girls on Sunday. Let’s hope City do us a favour and beat Man U.

Fun Gunner

Come on, Arsenal! I know you can do it.


It was obvious against Utd last wk & in the last games against Chelsea & city that we are being outfought & physically dominated.You have to earn the right to play.Arsenal’s football is superior.The opposition know this & so do the refs who lately ,especially in these big games have been somewhat lenient in the, shall we say,typically robust English approach.Joe has to come up with a plan to deal with this “ physical approach” or I fear it will be more of the same….

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