Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 36: Cup Final therapy and Barca preview ft. Lotte Wubben-Moy

Welcome to a brand new episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, the number one podcast about Arsenal Women.

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Alex rake over the coals of a painful Cup Final defeat to Chelsea, with a focus on the poor defensive organisation, midfield chemistry, the decision not to use Jordan Nobbs and what the manner of the defeat could mean for the rest of the season. Then Tim and Alex preview the big game against Barcelona at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Tim also has an exclusive interview with Gunners defender Lotte Wubben-Moy, looking ahead to that game, discussing her time in the US, why she’s chosen to continue living in her hometown of Stoke Newington and growing up with dual Dutch and English heritage.

You can follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto : Alex @AlexIbaceta23

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Chrishgooner

I normally look forward to the “verbals” and the analysis which is incisive and to the point. On this occasion I feel my level of deflation is still scraping along the bottom after today’s listen. Jonas admitted he got it wrong against Barcelona last time out and as you guys emphasised the midfield three of Lia, Frida and Kim without the forward impetus of Lia breaking from the back is just too slow in moving the ball forward. On Thursday we have a free hit again against Barcelona. Be bold Jonas, start Mana & Jordan with Kim. Give Anna’s energy… Read more »

SSAR

Yes, please. Anna is a trained CB, we know it’s rather difficult for us to win against Barcelona especially with the lineup they just release an hour ago, but give our players a chance to face the best in the world, they will learn quickly and effectively. I also agree with the thing about Kim in the podcast, since I genuinely feel Walti is burnt out right now due to being overworked, let Kim play defensive. She is great at that. Let Jordan roam free with our top 3 and Mana can either go deep, or go forward. Caitlin and… Read more »

Chrishgooner

Sorry that should have said LEAH breaking from the back.

Gunner H

Agree 100% with Comments 1, 2 and 3 – start Jordan & Mana & let Kim play defensively. Lia and Frida are both valuable players but in my opinion shouldn’t be on the pitch together due to their similar styles.
Agree also to start Anna and perhaps Caitlyn too, along with Viv.
Let’s take the game to the mighty Barca this time!

SeryxMe

I finally got around to listening to this and it’s just as depressing as I expected. I don’t think a lot of fans are out of the disillusion of that defeat. I think the most disappointing part is the fact that we all thought it was going to be close and it turned out to be anything but. And it’s worse that Emma Hayes is turning to the Mourinho of women’s football, especially when it comes to us (quite antagonistic, playing mind games, always butt-hurt when we get one over them but also we can’t seem to find an answer… Read more »

Matt

Great comment, really enjoyed reading it. I agree that the performance is the most important thing tomorrow. Whatever the result, competing with Barcelona for 90 minutes would surely lift the team after the disappointment of Sunday.

Should be interesting to see how Juventus fare against Chelsea tonight. I actually won’t be surprised if they get a positive result, but perhaps that’s really just wishful thinking given Chelsea’s machine-like efficiency.

Peter Story Teller

Indeed, it’s all about the performance. There is no shame in losing to Barcelona providing you give a good account of yourselves in the process. If we keep the deficit down to one goal and can at least score ourselves that could be seen as a positive. Rolling over and not even mustering a shot at their goal like in the cup final is unacceptable!

Peter Story Teller

We now need another side (Brighton perhaps?) to take some points from Chelsea in the WSL assuming that we cannot beat them on their patch because of the tired off day we had against the Spuds!

Matt

I think Chelsea will drop points at some point in the WSL. Surely even they can’t win every single game from here to the end of the season, especially if they go deep into all the competitions they’re playing in (which they surely will). A lot has been made of the battle for third place, but I reckon Manchester City will take it pretty comfortably in the end and will also have their say in Chelsea and Arsenal’s title race. Who knows, perhaps Reading can take advantage of favourable scheduling when they play Chelsea on Saturday morning (although I realise… Read more »

Peter Story Teller

Hope you have a tight grip on those straws, Matt!

Matt

Haha, I’ll take anything that offers some hope!

Sir TY Duncan

While Sun. final was disappointing, let’s keep in mind that this team has a new manager in Jonas and are still adapting to his style of play. The high press, the counter attacking and moving the ball quickly (all of which was non-existence on Sun.). He also does not have players he brought in so he is working with what he currently has and seeing who best fits his model of playing. I thought he got his tactics wrong in playing Katie on the wing which what he did in the 1st meeting with Chelski and Chelski sussed that out… Read more »

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