Jonas Eidevall: Steph Catley was ‘brilliant’ at filling in for ‘injured’ Lotte Wubben-Moy

Speaking to the media after Arsenal secured UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification with a 3-0 win over Leicester City at Emirates Stadium, Jonas Eidevall expressed that ‘when we look in the mirror, we see a European club.’

Asked if he feels relieved that European qualification is confirmed with three games still to play, Eidevall suggested that ‘I don’t think that’s the right word.’

‘We want to push and have as many points as possible in the league. [UWCL qualification] doesn’t take a lot of my attention at the moment, it doesn’t give me less incentives here going forwards.’

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Reflecting on the performance on Sunday, Eidevall commented: ‘I think we managed the game well in both halves with the ball.’

The Swedish manager, however, was not happy with ‘the way we pressed in the first half… we were much more proactive in the way we counterpressed in the second half.’

Steph Catley filled in for an ‘injured’ Lotte Wubben-Moy in the heart of the Arsenal defence, and Eidevall explained that ‘the way that we could build using Steph Catley as a central defender today gave us a lot of options.’

‘Sometimes you can think about international breaks and they can disturb the rhythm,’ he added, but expressed that Catley was afforded experience at centre-back during Australia’s recent match against Mexico. ‘She still has that practice from that game, and I think that shows very well here.’