Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall isn’t sure whether any of his players will get a rest during the upcoming international break but it says it is the joint responsibility of clubs and National Teams to make sure players can have a break during the season.
Arsenal had nine players participate in the summer Olympic Games in Japan, who then returned to Arsenal immediately to play Champions League qualifiers in August.
Eidevall recently gave Vivianne Miedema ten days off, in co-operation with Netherlands who spared her for a game with Belarus in October to give her time for a holiday. Tobin Heath and Lotte Wubben-Moy were also given time off earlier this month, having taken part in the Games. There will be a European Championships this summer, followed by a World Cup next summer too.
Leah Williamson is out for the next few weeks with a “significant” hamstring injury, which Eidevall said was “a loading issue”, Leah played in the Olympics and has played every minute of England’s last four games to boot.
After this Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, there will be another round of international games, after which the Gunners will immediately play Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley followed by a Champions League game against Barcelona at Emirates Stadium.
Following on from Arsenal’s 3-0 Champions League win over HB Koge on Wednesday evening, Arseblog News asked Jonas whether he had sought assurances from any National Team managers to see whether their minutes could be managed during the upcoming rounds.
“I speak to National Team managers all the time- I wish I had as much success with others as I did with Mark Parsons and the Netherlands! I guess it’s one of those when you’re closest to your own team.
“I’ve said many times before that it’s important to put player welfare first. It was important for Lotte (sat next to him in the post-match press conference) to get some time off recently too.
“As coaches, we have a responsibility not to make the players come up with the solution because, as a player, you want to play and you want to be loyal and available.
“But when you look at the schedule across the season, players will need time off. Not just physically, but to be motivated and refreshed from a mental perspective.
“I hope during the season we can co-operate. It’s not just about Arsenal as a club finding that time, there needs to be a co-operation with National Teams so they can have a break from both environments so the players are in the best possible condition.”
Arsenal take on Manchester United in the WSL on Sunday, with the game kicking off at 12.15pm at Leigh Sports Village. The match will be shown on BBC Two in the UK.