Monday, July 15, 2024

‘She has all the aspects’ Eidevall talks up Russo’s ‘unique’ qualities

Arsenal Women travel to Manchester United Women on Friday evening in the WSL aiming to get their season on the road. The match also marks the return to Leigh Sports Village of Alessia Russo, who signed for the Gunners from United in the summer.

Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall was full of praise for Russo in his pre-match press conference, describing her as one of the most complete forwards he has ever seen.

“Like I said before many times, I think Alessia has a lot of different qualities and what might be the unique thing is the combination of these qualities,” he explained. “So, sometimes you have a forward that is really hard working, really loyal, works extremely hard in defence and you can live with that player not being so good technically, for example, or not being a great finisher.

“Then sometimes you have a player that is a great finisher, but you don’t get exactly 100 per cent in defence for it and maybe you can live with that for the team as well because of what it can provide with you in offence.”

“Sometimes that player is really good technically when there is not a player around her, so it’s not any duels, but once it’s a duel, that player starts to lose the ball, but you can live with that because the moment that she isn’t in a duel, they provide so much for the team.

“But now you see Alessia has qualities for it and she can work hard in defence, she’s clever in defence, but she can also score goals. She’s an excellent finisher both with her head and with her feet. She’s a technical player, but she can also control the duels and be really physical and protect the ball.”

Russo has scored against Arsenal for United on five occasions, including winning goals in both league games last season. “It’s very, very seldom that you see players that can have all the aspects. Usually in football, you have to choose between some of it and that has to be an active choice.

“But the standout with Alessia and why I think her potential is sky high is that she has all the faces. That also means she has to develop all the faces for it, but she has all of it and that’s quite unique.”

Eidevall was asked whether Russo was likely to be even more motivated given a hot reception likely awaits her at LSV on Friday, “Alessia is 100 percent professional. She always trains with a lot of motivation but of course it gets special when you return to play against a club where you have your all your former teammates and former fans and so on in. It’s really important for us, like with every time we go somewhere, we go there together, and we play together.”

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Keep posting and reposting, maybe you can bury the ‘Jonas lifetime contract’ news Timmy.

Gunner H

Eloquent summary by Jonas – Alessia looks capable of having a brilliant first season………

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

She’s top quality, let’s hope Jonas doesn’t spoil it.

Peter Story Teller

Try giving her the ball this game. She barely saw it vs Liverpool! No matter how good she is the players behind her need to get her involved.


Absolutely! That means finding routes other than going down the wings and sending in hopeful centres. Kim a bit further forward? Make the most of Caitlin’s ability to get to the byline inside the penalty area? Give Ke some minutes?

Gunner H

KK should be starting – she plays the full 90 minutes in most Denmark games, and has been excellent.

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