Thursday, February 29, 2024

Video: What no Champions League means for Arsenal Women this season

Following up on his earlier piece, Tim Stillman picks over the pieces over Arsenal not taking part in this year’s Champions League after defeat to Paris FC in the mini-qualifying tournament in Sweden.

Whilst hugely disappointing, a lack of European football does allow total focus on the domestic front. Arsenal are the defending Conti Cup champions, the FA Cup was last lifted in 2016 and the WSL was last won in 2019.

Tim also shares his thinking on transfers, player – and coaching – contracts, schedules, and squad rotation and how Arsenal can play things to their advantage.

 

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Little Cubby

Whatever the reasons its devastating, no 2 ways….. and after watching England lose in the WC final too… I feel quite ill 🙁

Satoshi

I know the players are professionals and all and have to compartmentalize so as to keep on performing but I can only imagine how they are feeling.

Little Cubby

Totally agree

Chrishgooner

I’m thankful that I support all aspects of AFC. Sixty years a Gooner and the last eight have probably been the most enjoyable. Thank you AWFC🤗

Little Cubby

I support both the men and the women but l only go to watch the women. Gooner since 69 😊

John Kirby

In my opinion although disappointed I still think it was too soon after the World Cup and preparation time and having to play both those games so close. The first game I hadn’t realized they were playing on a G4 pitch but i had noticed earlier in the game how slow the ball was on the surface. Anyway onwards and upwards it can only get better.

Fun Gunner

I’m still processing this loss. The vlog pretty much expressed what I feel. I was shocked, but I wasn’t surprised – I had a bad feeling about that game from the time I found out who our opponents could be after Linkoping. Basically, we now have to make it work for us. It all depends if we can still get Elin Rubensson, really. If we do, it will complete our squad for the season. Without her, or another player who can play DM/RB, we have *two* gaping holes. Unless the club have some ingenious internal solution for DM featuring Laia… Read more »

Jeremy Cunnington

A fair and balanced piece as usual. I am still going more for the circumstances being the major factor, but Tim is right to point out Arsenal’s failings on Saturday. Also being in a glass half full type mode, given the adversity we went through last season and the players’ and coach’s adaptability I think we will recover well (famous last words). One thing not mentioned in the video is what impact those returning from long-term injuries will have on the team – thinking in positive terms. Seems likely that Beth will be back for the start of the season… Read more »

dontthinkshoot

I’m worried that McCabe hasn’t signed a new contract, not going to lie. Will be gutted if she leaves, and will properly throw my toys out of the pram if she goes to Chelsea…

Foggy

Sorry not watched the video as its too long for me! But I thought this quote from Arsene Wenger talking about the mens world cup was bang on: “”I believe it’s needed, with the physical resources that the players need today, it’s important that you have four weeks holiday”. And whatever the relative levels of intensity, the womens game has ramped it up far more quickly than the mens and within the careers of current players.

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