Friday, March 1, 2024

‘When the opportunity arrives for Mana I am very confident she will take it’ Jonas Eidevall backs Iwabuchi to shine

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall says that he is confident that Mana Iwabuchi’s chance to shine will come this season. The Japanese international has been an unused sub in all Arsenal’s games so far.

Asked by Arseblog News about Iwabuchi’s lack of game time, Eidevall pointed to the examples of Lotte Wubben-Moy and Frida Maanum, who had both struggled for minutes prior to playing starring roles in Champions League matches when called upon.

“Mana is not carrying an injury, she is free for selection,” Jonas told Arseblog News. “She has been very hard done by the competition in her position- or positions- in the team where I have chosen other players.

“When I have spoken after Lotte came in against Ajax and when Frida came in against Lyon, I talked about how hard they have practiced and how happy I am for them to take their chances, Mana Iwabuchi is no different.

“She works really, really hard and is one of those players I wish every bit of success. Football is fast, when the opportunity arrives for Mana I am very confident she will take it.

“To see her character going through a difficult time like this- and it is difficult when you are not playing- she carries herself with enormous character, she puts the team first and has a great application in training, she should be so proud of herself because I am sure she will benefit from that in the future.”

Arseblog News asked whether Frida Maanum’s first start of the season, which saw her produce a player of the match performance in Lyon, has given him a headache with his midfield selection.

The trio of Wälti, Little and Miedema have started every WSL game together in midfield dating back to February. Maanum was picked ahead of Miedema for a specific role against Lyon which produced excellent results.

“You have an obligation as a manager to always look at performances, both when we are practicing and when we are playing games, there is team that picks itself, there is no player who is guaranteed,” Eidevall explained.

“It is a nice headache when we have a lot of players who perform well, I would much rather have it that way than the other way around!”

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Jordan also competing for minutes in that attacking midfield role. We have so many players fighting for minutes in that area


Wait, I thought we needed to sign midfielders this last window.


seems absurd to not even give her at least a couple cameos


Tbh I am yet to see what exactly it is that Lina offers us that justifies her getting more minutes than Mana at the moment.


Lina’s primary position is the left wing. Mana’s is attacking midfield. Lina seems to have more power, pace and aerial threat. Mana seems to have more ability in tight spaces and creativity in finding passes to unlock defenses.


Fair enough but then Mana can also play on either wing. She played on the right in the game vs Chelsea at the emirates last season. We can switch Beth to the left and sub in Mana on the right. Whatever qualities Lina has, she hasn’t shown them for us at the moment and if players are picked on merit then surely Mana has done more to deserve game time than Lina.


Yes, Mana is a superb player


Mana, is at her peak. Either play her or let her transfer to a team that will appreciate and employ her on the field, not on the bench. It is a waste.


I completely agree

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