Jonas Eidevall: A look at September’s WSL Manager of the Month

Jonas Eidevall, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Everton Meadow Park (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

There were plenty of questions being asked of whether Arsenal would succeed in the 2021/22 WSL campaign after only securing Champions League qualification on the final day of last season against Aston Villa.

After three seasons at the club, Joe Montemurro stepped down as his role of head coach. However, Jonas Eidevall has made a superb start to the season with the Gunners.

Arsenal have won every game this season, so they find themselves top of the WSL table heading into the international break. Eidevall has been an amazing signing for Arsenal, who look revitalised underneath his management.

Eidevall’s first game in the WSL was a derby against the current WSL champions Chelsea. His side came out on top and defeated Chelsea 3-2. This was thanks to goals from Vivianne Miedema and in-form Beth Mead – who won Player of the Month.

Arsenal then went on to win their next five league games, making them the only WSL to remain unbeaten this season. However, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing after Eidevall’s team lost 4-1 in the Champions League to title holders Barcelona.

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There were questions marks as to how Arsenal would bounce back from their first defeat of the season. These questions were answered when Arsenal beat Hoffenheim 4-0 at home.

This game was a joyful watch as we got to witness two-time World Cup winner Tobin Heath scoring her first goal as an Arsenal player.

Although Eidevall inherited a team full off superstars, his tactics and team management often gain most of the credit. He has described his coaching style as a “high-paced possession game”. This seemed to be the case against Aston Villa, who only managed 23% possessesion.

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Since joining Arsenal, it remains unknown how Jonas Eidevall will rotate his squad. But the abundance of talent will surely make it a successful season for the Gunners.

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