Arsenal Women manager Jonas Eidevall says the club have not yet decided which of the new January signings to include in the official registered UEFA squad for the Champions League knockout rounds.
The Gunners take on Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals later this month and have until 11pm on Thursday to finalise their squad list. Clubs are only allowed to add a maximum of three new signings for the knockout rounds.
Arsenal made three signings in January, with Victoria Pelova, Katherine Kuhl and Sabrina D’Angelo joining the club but they also recalled Brazilian winger Gio from her loan spell at Everton. Arsenal will have to omit one of these players for their official squad list.
Speaking in his pre Reading press conference, Eidevall wasn’t giving much away, “It is a decision we will make when we have to register.”
It seems likely that Pelova and Kuhl will be registered, with the decision likely to fall between Gio and goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo. Given the injuries to Mead and Miedema and the fact that Arsenal have Manu Zinsberger and Kaylan Marckese as goalkeepers- as well as being able to register academy goalkeeper Naomi Williams- it could be that Canadian goalkeeper D’Angelo doesn’t make the cut.
After Arsenal play Reading on Sunday they have a nine day gap to their quarter-final first leg in Munich and Eidevall will take the opportunity to watch Arsenal’s opponents in the flesh.
“We watch them on video but it is possible for me to travel (to watch Bayern play Koln) so I will do that with our lead analyst next week to see them live. It is not often we get that possibility but now we do.”
Eidevall was unhappy with elements of Wednesday night’s win over Liverpool off the pitch. The scoreboard was not working, while the elements played havoc with the broadcast as the camera gantry is uncovered at Meadow Park.
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“It was a challenge because we won a title on Sunday, we have a really short turnaround and everybody keeps their standards high and that is not easy, because it comes from inside you, to prepare properly and your focus and motivation.
“As an advertisement for women’s football in general, I thought Wednesday was really poor. You come from Sunday, a great occasion, we came to Wednesday and we didn’t have a working scoreboard.
“Broadcast production was absolutely out of order. If we want to raise the standard of the league it has to be better than that. We need to have higher standards for the league and the output. But I was very pleased with the players!”