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Jonas Eidevall unconcerned by ‘nice selection headache’ with Arsenal unbeaten in ten WSL games since January

JONAS EIDEVALL believes Frida Maanum has given him a nice selection headache with Arsenal eager to keep winning after hammering Lyon.

The Gunners boss is determined to stay grounded following his side’s victory in the Champions League ahead of their duel with Liverpool.

Frida Maanum impressed for the Gunners during her first start in the Champions League this season
Arsenal have gone ten games unbeaten in the WSL since losing 2-0 to Birmingham in January

Maanum, 23, who made 21 appearances last season, impressed on Wednesday night, netting Arsenal’s second goal in France.

The midfielder started ahead of Vivianne Miedema with the Gunners’ all-time record scorer entering the game later as a second-half substitute.

And the Norway ace has been given a spot in the Gunners’ starting 11 today against Liverpool in a number ten role.

Eidevall, 39, said: “You have an obligation as a manager all the time to look at performances, in practice and when we are playing games.

“There is no team that can write itself.

“There is no player that is guaranteed to play, so it is a nice headache when we have a lot of players who are playing well.

“I much rather have it that way than the other way around. We all know that competition is very important to drive us to the next level.”

Arsenal take on a Liverpool side eager to make their mark since their return to the WSL under Matt Beard.

The former Chelsea and West Ham boss led the Reds to their first Women’s Super League crown in 2013 with the club retaining the title a year later.

They did so in dramatic fashion on the last day of the season in 2014 leaping from third to a top spot above the Blues and Birmingham City.

Liverpool are yet to beat the Gunners in the WSL with Arsenal the victor in the six WSL encounters between the sides.

The last match between the teams ended with Eidevall’s title-chasers claiming a 4-0 win in a last 16 Women’s FA Cup clash at Prenton Park in February.


However, he believes the scoreline was “flattering” for his side.

And in Liverpool, he sees a well-structured team blossoming their gaffer.

The Arsenal boss added: “You could clearly see last season that were a very good side in the Championship.

“They came up with a clear identity and are well organised. They have players and a coach that know what level will be expected from them.

“We all saw in the opening weekend against Chelsea what the team is capable of.

Liverpool are currently ninth after one win from their first three WSL games this term

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