Live Match Preview – Zurich Women vs Arsenal Women 12/21/2022

Live Match Preview – Zurich Women vs Arsenal Women 12/21/2022

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Ahead of Arsenal’s final group game in the Champions League, Jonas Eidevall has admitted Vivianne Miedema’s injury is changing his January transfer plans “a bit”.

The striker was sent off after a cruciate ligament rupture in last Thursday’s 1-0 defeat by Lyon and joined striker Beth Mead, who also picked up the same injury in WSL against Manchester United three weeks ago.

Not only does the question remain as to why ACL injuries are so common in women’s football, but how this will affect Arsenal’s transfer plans when the January window opens in 12 days’ time.

When asked if Miedema’s recent absence will have any impact, Eidevall replied: “A little bit. Of course, that makes it necessary for us to be more active in the January transfer window. I hope we can be active, but it’s about finding the right players.

“And we have to take into account that if we are successful in all competitions, we could play 26 games from January to May.

Miedema was attended to by medical staff for a few minutes at the end of the first half before being sent off

Image: Miedema was attended to by medical staff for minutes at the end of the first half before being lifted off

“So you need a squad that can handle that in a fairly limited amount of time. It’s an important transfer window for us.

“If you look at things short term, sometimes we need to see what is available and when that is in time. Sometimes I have to adapt my ideas too, but of course whenever we can have a long-term goal, if we feel there’s someone who can contribute to Arsenal over many seasons, that’s a priority.

“But the most important thing is that we have a really competitive squad here in January so we can play in all the competitions that we are in.”

Some have pointed to an increasingly hectic schedule in women’s football as a possible factor in recent serious knee injuries.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema broke down in tears as she was carried away

Image: Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema was in tears when she was taken away last Thursday

Last week FIFA turned down recent requests from some international coaches to increase the squad at the Women’s World Cup from 23 to 26 – as men’s teams were allowed at the recent tournament in Qatar.

On the subject, Eidevall said: “I think the problem is planning. I don’t think it’s solved with 23 or 26 players in the squad.

“The problem is when you have so many tournaments in a row in the summer that the players don’t have any free time. We finish playing at the end of May, you have a competition in July or maybe August and what are the national course doing, they say that we have to prepare for the tournament, so they get the players after two weeks vacation, then the players are six weeks before the tournament with the national team.

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“Then club football has to be played almost immediately afterwards – you saw how quickly Man City had to play competitive games against Real Madrid in the Champions League qualifier after the European Championship so that the players didn’t get a break.

“So you can give them time off before the tournaments or schedule the tournaments earlier in the summer then that would allow for a break after that. I can’t really see how hard it is.

“It is a human need to have holidays and vacations to refresh oneself. That’s what planning has to look for so you can guarantee the players get that time off and then I think we’d be fine.”

“We have to be disciplined against Zurich”

Women’s Champions League – as Group C stands

Team Matches played Goal difference Points Arsenal 5 6 10 Lyon 5 4 10 Juventus 5 6 8 Zurich 5 -16 0

Arsenal have already qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and go into Wednesday’s game top of Group C.

They need to beat Zürich to secure first place and a potentially easier draw in the last eight, but Eidevall has also warned his side to be disciplined in Switzerland.

“It is very important [to finish top of the group]but there are many things that are important,” he added.

“When you are in a competition you want to have as many advantages as possible when you reach the quarterfinals. There will be eight brilliant teams here, but of course we want to come through as number one [in the group] if possible.

Group C permutations: Arsenal continue, Lyon and Juve fight for qualification

Arsenal are in the Quarterfinals. They will finish best if they beat Zurich, or if they draw and Lyon don’t beat Juventus. Lyon progress if they avoid defeat by Juventus. They finish first if they win and Arsenal don’t, or if they draw and Arsenal lose. Juventus progress if they beat Lyon. Juventus will be first if they win and Arsenal lose. Zurich has already been eliminated from the Champions League.

“It’s also important not to go into the quarter-finals with too many yellow cards. We saw that against Wolfsburg last season. It’s difficult for us to get into these games here with so many players on the verge of suspension, we have to do that part a lot better and have a lot of discipline as a player, but me too – no yellow cards this season.

“It’s just as important as not conceding a goal tomorrow. First we have to win, then we have to hold on with yellow cards, and then we’ll go into the quarter-finals in very good conditions.”

Arsenal defender Leah Williamson also believes Arsenal need to play against the best sides if they want to win the Champions League and has backed the Gunners to recover after a difficult night against Lyon.

Selma Bacha of Lyon and Leah Williamson of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Women's Champions League Group C match at the Emirates Stadium

Image: Leah Williamson also gave a preview of this week’s crucial Champions League game

She said: “You have to beat the best to win a tournament. You want to advance as much as possible, we haven’t gotten past the quarterfinals for a while, so you want to advance further.

“If you don’t win it, which you can’t do without beating those top teams, you got away with less than what you wanted. It’s going to be a difficult draw either way.

“After something like that [Miedema’s injury] happens in a game, it flattens it a bit, that’s how we felt coming out. But in the end we played good football.

“We went straight back to the training ground, everyone has recovered and, as always, is ready to go again. Expect this one to be important for us to win. You saw how we recovered after losing to Man Utd in the league. It’s the same in this competition. We don’t want to leave anything out.”

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