Jonas Eidevall has urged his team to focus on Wednesday night’s WSL home fixture with Liverpool, just three days after the Gunners ended their four-year trophy drought by beating Chelsea 3-1 in Sunday’s Conti Cup Final.
There is little time for basking, however, as Matt Beard’s Liverpool come to Meadow Park on Wednesday evening in the league.
“Winning doesn’t give you anything for free,”Eidevall said in his pre-game press conference. “It doesn’t entitle you to anything in the next match you play. You don’t get an advantage on Wednesday night.
“If you talk about winning culture, winning culture it is about making sure you focus on the next game and that you understand that training today is the most important thing.
“That is where your focus needs to be and after that, it is on the game. That is the message I drive. Hopefully, what winning a trophy can give you is that sense of inner calm that you have shown people that you are capable of something that you already knew inside you were capable of.
“Maybe you can feel more relaxed during tense moments in the game, that you can still enjoy and play with your shoulders down to take really good decisions. That can be a 1% difference that can be positive.
“After that, training, next game and you are never entitled to anything.” Last week, Arseblog News spoke to Eidevall about building new relationships on the right hand side of the pitch in the absence of Beth Mead.
On Sunday, Noelle Maritz got the nod at right-back ahead of Laura Wienroither, who has generally been first-choice this season. Arseblog News asks whether that was because Eidevall felt Maritz’s qualities were better suited to facilitate the more central roles McCabe took up.
“I think both right-backs have those qualities. I think Noelle had been training really well during the week and I felt she was ready. For example, when we get the penalty for the second goal, that is a very good example of where Noelle exploits that space with a well-timed run.”
Eidevall also said he wanted to try to use the good feeling created by Sunday’s Conti Cup Final win, “Arsenal is a huge club that affects a large number of people. We have noticed the reaction and it drives me and the players on to try to achieve big things in the future.
“It is a very fleeting moment. You chase something for so long and the final whistle goes and you win and in those seconds it is a very brief moment but it stays with you forever.
“After that, I don’t stay in the past very long. I don’t think that is a good sign if you want success in the future. No matter whether we win or lose my job is to get the team ready for the next game.
“We need to prepare and think ahead. I keep the memory with me but I think that is an internal process and I am more internally driven than externally driven.”