Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall says that his team are still finding their way when it comes to building attacking moves. Arsenal haven’t scored in four of their last six games.
Star striker Vivianne Miedema has only scored once in her last six appearances and a lot of her key attacking data has declined compared to last season as the Gunners have moved from a possession-based style under Joe Montemurro to more of a transitional style under current coach Jonas Eidevall. Arsenal also brought in Swedish striker Stina Blackstenius during the January transfer window.
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Arseblog News asked Jonas Eidevall whether Miedema and Arsenal are still adjusting to the way that he wants the team to attack during his Friday press conference.
“When I rewatched the Man United game, some of the moments had a really high standard,” Eidevall said. “We had some breakthroughs on the left hand side where we had the third player run. Viv is perfect at anticipating that movement and she is so close to scoring on two occasions in the first half from those moments.
“That’s exactly the right moment to play the ball into the area too. But you can also argue, when you see the game back, that we are playing the ball through and forward in situations when there is no space and there are no numerical superiorities.
“There we need to develop being a team that passes the ball better, we need to have a better support structure on how to play out of those situations so we can reach the central areas and we can reach the opposite side of the pitch and move the opposition.
“There we have to develop, I can see that. We need to keep that combination play when those situations are on but if it’s not on, we need to move the ball better, we need to pass better and hold onto it.
“The second half against United was way too transitional, we were trying to make forward passes and when they broke down, we didn’t have the support structure beneath that.
“That’s a problem when it comes to changing the point of attack but it’s also a problem when it comes to counterpressing. It works both ways and we have to develop there.”
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Eidevall said that the way the team uses Miedema is also still developing, with the player often very good at dropping deep to knit moves together. The Gunners boss says it’s a case of a mutual understanding between Miedema and the team as to when she needs to be drop a little deeper and when she needs to be higher up.
“A part of that process is how we play to Viv, understanding when we need her to be high. She did that very well a couple of times against United, especially in the first half.
“But then also, for the team to understand that if the pass in behind is not on, we might need to use her lower to get into central overloads, find feet and see if we can make a central combination.
“Or if they squeeze us so much in the centre that it opens up space on the sides. The team also needs to anticipate if we are going to go forwards more quickly, then she needs to be higher.
“When she gets into that flow and anticipates she is so hard to play against because she will arrive with perfect timing into the penalty area.”