Arsenal Women boss Jonas Eidevall has revealed that Brazilian winger Gio cannot play for Arsenal before January because she is not registered in the 25-player squad.
Gio signed from Barcelona last summer and spent the first half of last season on loan at Everton but was recalled in January due to Arsenal’s injury crisis.
Arseblog News’ information is that loan spells with Tottenham and Atletico Madrid were explored this summer though we don’t have the details about why neither move came off.
“The idea was very much for Gio to go on loan because the reality is that we can only register 25 players,” Eidevall told Arseblog News. “Gio is not registered to play for us. It is a tough situation for her as a player because she misses really valuable game time.
“It is a situation that doesn’t really benefit any parties and it’s something we need to address and look again in the winter so we find a solution that benefits both parties. As it stands at the moment, because of the regulations, Gio cannot play any games for us.”
The Gunners face Bristol City in the opening game of the Conti Cup group stage on Thursday evening and Eidevall revealed to Arseblog News that he will rotate his side, with players like Kathrine Kuhl, Lina Hurtig and Kyra Cooney-Cross having not featured much yet this season.
“It is a great opportunity for me to test new things and to see different players, of course we need to take that opportunity and I really look forward to that.
“With Laia Codina she came back from international duty with a little muscular injury. It is nothing serious but it rules her out tomorrow as well.”
Arseblog News asked Eidevall whether the size of his squad enabled him to take a “horses for courses” approach tactically this season with players selected in accordance with the tactical game plan for each team, as we covered in our weekly Arsenal Women newsletter.
“It is one way, to find roles and responsibilities that the team really needs. To understand different games have different contexts and that changes what the starting eleven and the finishing eleven looks like.
“I also think managing a squad is to understand that football is not static. People develop and we need to do that on a daily basis and the competition needs to be alive for positions and that is the other part.
“The third part is that we don’t build a squad where everyone does the same thing. Because that enables us to learn things from each other that we all benefit from.”