Thursday, June 20, 2024

Russo, Lacasse and Ilestedt start for Arsenal in Linkoping

Alessia Russo, Amanda Ilestedt and Cloe Lacasse all make their debuts for Arsenal in their UWCL qualifier against Linkoping this evening.

Manu Zinsberger starts in goal with Noelle Maritz, Amanda Ilestedt, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Katie McCabe in the back line. Lia Walti, Kim Little and Frida Maanum complete the midfield.

Cloé Lacasse starts on the right with Caitlin Foord on the left and Alessia Russo through the middle. The bench is made up of Jen Beattie, Steph Catley, Sabrina D’Angelo, Lina Hurtig, Gio, Victoria Pelova, Kathrine Kuhl, Stina Blackstenius and academy player Vivienne Lia.

Full team: 4231; 1.Zinsberger; 16.Maritz, 28.Ilestedt, 3.Wubben-Moy, 15.McCabe; 10.Little(c), 13.Walti; 24.Lacasse, 19.Foord; 23.Russo.

Subs: 5.Beattie, 7.Catley, 14.D’Angelo, 17.Hurtig, 20.Gio, 21.Pelova, 22.Kuhl, 25.Blackstenius, 53.Lia.

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The quality on our bench!!

Morgan Val Baker

That’s only 10 players !

Fun Gunner

Great lineup, but is Laia Codina not in the squad?

Also, is there not a WSL-mandated limit on the number of “Lia”s (however it’s spelled) that any squad can have? ‘Cause I feel like we’ve gone over. 🙂
Even Laia and Lina are Lia-adjacent…


Those are the alter egos of Gabriel. Balance is key

Gunner H

Funny Comment Mr Fun Gunner – and let’s not forget our Golden Girl Leah 🙂

Chuck Felsea

Quite astonishing how the strengths have changed. Just looked up betting odds, cause I genuinely don’t know how to compare these teams strengthwise, but I generally assume that a Swedish champion or runner up would have to be quite strong. Turns out for a bet of one euro you’d get back 1.1 euro for us to win, so we are clear cut favourites here, even though it is technically their home game, as the whole thing happens in their stadium. I still remember watching our European Cup win against the Swedes in 2006 on Eurosport and seem to remember that… Read more »


Have high hopes for Lacasse. COYGG

Gunner H

Amanda and Chloe were very impressive, whilst Alessia put in a lot of effort for sure – but she will shine soon………

Peter Story Teller

Yes they were. Lessi had a couple of chances, the header in particular, but she is probably still a bit tired after all the running around she did in Oz.

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