Arsenal Women coach Jonas Eidevall admitted that a big summer lay ahead for him and the club and admitted that the two previous windows ‘were not good enough.’ After both windows, the manager was public about his belief that the squad was not as big as it needed to be and that the club missed prime transfer targets.
This summer will be significant for the Gunners with Leah Williamson and Laura Wienroither out for the first half of the campaign and centre-half Rafaelle set to leave the club. January target Cloe Lacasse is back in the crosshairs and the club are chasing another big centre-forward target. Eidevall also admitted that a left-footed centre-half, with Rafaelle leaving, ‘is a big column in our Excel spreadsheet.’
“It has to be a very big transfer window for us. Especially given last summer and this winter transfer window, in mild words, it was not good enough for us. We didn’t get our acquired targets in the way that we wanted, so we have to get that right this summer.
“After Saturday is not the right time for me to switch off, we have some really important decisions to make and we have to get those in motion, both in regards to the final pieces of recruitment but also on how we need to work going forward.
“I would prefer to work on that a little after the final game and after that, I can switch off a bit.” Arseblog News asked about the futures of Jodie Taylor, who joined in March on a contract until the end of the season and Anna Patten, who has spent 18 months on loan at Aston Villa.
“Nothing that we can communicate at the moment with either of the players. We have had a nice change in our organisation with David Murphy coming in, both to work with us on recruitment and also managing our loans.
“He has been able to follow all of the players we have had on loan in a very detailed way and creating reports and being in contact with them much more regularly as well.
“That has been a huge development in our programme, but both of these are decisions we have to take after Saturday and not before.”