Over the last three seasons with Joe Montemurro in charge, Arsenal have rotated their goalkeepers on a game-by-game basis without having a clear number one choice. Last season, Manu Zinsberger and Lydia Williams shared goalkeeping duties relatively equally when fit. 25-year-old Zinsberger is Austria’s number one, while 33-year-old Williams has been Australia’s number one for over a decade now.
Ahead of Thursday night’s Champions League qualifying second leg clash with Slavia Praha at the Sinobo Stadium, Arseblog News asked Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall whether he would continue his game-by-game rotation policy. “For me, if you are in a position like the goalkeeper, I think, firstly, it’s important not to feel like you will be rotated if you make a mistake because it’s a very vulnerable position.
“You need to feel confident when you are playing in that position. The two goalkeepers we have, in Manu and Lydia, are both quality goalkeepers but they also have different attributes that can come in handy in different games, so I understand why Joe had the idea to rotate them.
“In general, I am more minded to have a clear first choice goalkeeper but obviously it is a competition. We are playing a lot of games so there will be a good opportunity for both of them to play this season.” I also asked Jonas about the defensive midfield position. With Malin Gut injured, Lia Wälti is the only specialist option in defensive midfield.
Simone Boye, Leah Williamson and Viki Schnaderbeck are all centre-halves by trade but all have played the position and with six centre-halves in the squad, I ask whether one or more of that trio might be considered for the position as an understudy to and competition for Lia.
“I also think Frida Maanum has played well as a six,” Eidevall responded. “So we have different options to play there. I don’t have a definite back up in mind. I would also say it’s a competition and Lia Wälti won’t always necessarily be the first choice, like all the positions in the squad. We have a few alternatives that can play there.”