Tuesday, May 28, 2024

‘The way we want to press is very demanding’ Jonas Eidevall explains regular Miedema substitutions

It might be surprising to learn that Vivianne Miedema has only completed 90 minutes once so far this season, in the 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the WSL campaign. She has been substituted eight times, used as a substitute once and been an unused sub on one occasion too.

Leah Williamson, Steph Catley, Beth Mead, Kim Little, Frida Maanum, Katie McCabe and Noelle Maritz have all clocked up more minutes than Miedema so far this season. More often than not, Australian forward Caitlin Foord has come on in her place to close out games. In his pre Hoffenheim press conference, Arseblog News asks Jonas Eidevall whether this is a tactical or a loading decision.

“The way we want to press from the front is very demanding, especially for the centre-forward. In most teams, the centre-forward is the most commonly substituted player because it is so physically demanding.

“But it is about getting that balance right too because every player likes to play the full 90 minutes so we have to be a little aware of that too. I cannot get into the habit of only playing a player for 60 or 70 minutes all the time either.

“But it’s a mixture of tactical and loading perspectives, as well as just seeing how the game develops.” Eidevall also says there is an element of pre planning to his substitutions.

“I think the concept of starting 11 and finishing 11 is really, really important for us. I think we’ve seen in many of our games, our subs have made a real clear and positive impact. That has been a real strength of ours during the season so far. I think about it a lot before the game. From a strategic point of view, I think that is important.

“You can often see with your own playing style, but also the opponent’s, how things go on and I think it’s a typical mistake that you do as a young coach, or when you’re early on in your coaching career, we try to find all the clear and nice moments where your opponent plays that will most typically, for example, be in the beginning of a half, because everything is so structured, the players are doing exactly what everybody has agreed to do and it’s just nice for your brain because everything is organised.

“But then maybe you come to the 60th minute, and you feel like the players are getting more tired, the game gets more unorganised, maybe spaces open up a little bit more. That will be different for different teams. Some teams will lose their organisation after 10 minutes.

“Some teams can keep it for 90 minutes, but you will always have an idea about that, that you can also fit in players that will fit very well into those situations. For me, some players will fit better to start the game sometimes in the way that we want to do it and we think the game will go one way. It’s good for us to substitute in other players.”

Arsenal will be facing another of Europe’s in-form strikers on Thursday evening when they take on Hoffenheim in Austrian striker Nicola Billa, who was the top scorer in last season’s Frauen Bundesliga.

An international teammate of Viki Schnaderbeck and Manu Zinsberger, Eidevall acknowledges that Billa will be one of Hoffenheim’s chief threats on Thursday at Meadow Park.

“She is a really effective goal scorer, she is one of those strikers who is not so involved in the rest of the game but she is very dangerous in and around the penalty area. She is a very, very good finisher.”

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Keep winning and you can do what you want!


I wonder if his concept of starting 11 and finishing 11 can be sustained once the five substitute rule ends.


Any word on how long the rule will stay? I kind of like it actually, though I do think it favors teams with deeper benches (and thus teams with more resources, I think)


From a player welfare perspective, given that the number of games only increase, they should keep the 5-sub rule. Also eliminates the frustration of injury-induced subs and makes things fairer. If there is ever fairness in this world.

Squad depth will always be an advantage, whether with 3 sub or 5. Since the team can be rotated more throughout the season.

Fun Gunner

Big yes to this – especially in women’s football with the higher risk of injury and its the correlation with menstrual cycles. Loading, as JE needs to be managed with this in mind as well.


In respect of Viv’s workload its a real blessing that we don’t have to rely on her so heavily.
I think I’m right in saying that come next year’s Euros that will be three consecutive years where she will not have had a rest from the game.
I’m surprised she hasn’t burnt out already.


I think she’s said in interviews that lockdown was really welcome for her as a break!


considering she also went out of the 21 season to the Olympics and got basically a week off before the UWCL qualifying games it’s good she isn’t getting 94 minutes a game. her goal numbers will suffer because we are scoring a couple in the last 15 of every game as we tire out teams.


We’ve mostly blown away the opposition by the 75th minute, why keep playing her?

Last season people complain that we don’t rotate, and this season we better not take it for granted.

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