22-year-old Frida Maanum signed for Arsenal from Linkopings this summer. The Norwegian captained the Swedish side last season at the age of 21. She was one of the most sought after young players in Europe but Arsenal muscled their way to the front of the queue for her signature.
Since joining the club, she has started all five of Arsenal’s games under Jonas Eidevall, even keeping a bona fide first teamer like Lia Wälti out of the starting line-up on occasion.
What is even more impressive is that Maanum has been assigned a few different tactical roles within those five games. She has played as a six, an eight and, in the 3-2 home victory over Chelsea, she played as a kind of false left-back in build-up to help Katie McCabe dominate the left flank.
It is unusual for a young player to be so trusted to perform so many nuanced roles. Arseblog News asked Jonas Eidevall what it is about Maanum that makes her so adaptable ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Reading on Sunday.
“It comes down to three things basically, she has the physical aspect which means she can handle a lot of different positions. She is very, very comfortable with the ball and she is very game intelligent.
“Frida is one of those players that I don’t worry about when I give her a new role because she takes it all on so quickly and understands so quickly what needs to be done.
“If you give her the broad picture she gets all of the details right straight away. A lot of credit to the coaches that have educated her before because she has been great in that aspect.”