First up, what an enormous win for Arsenal Girls final evening within the Champions League, turning round a 1-0 first leg defeat with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich (Guardian match report). The primary objective from Frida Maanum is totally excellent, the end is clearly spectacular however the build-up is gorgeous too with a stunning flick from Leah Williamson. Watch here.
Stina Blackstenius scored the second from a Katie McCabe cross (watch here), and victory means the Gunners will face the winner of the Wolfsburg / Paris Saint-Germain tie which takes place later right this moment.
Afterwards, boss Jonas Eidevall spoke about taking part in on the Emirates and the way it helps construct the connection between the crew and the followers:
That’s basic for creating these moments with our supporters however to present supporters the possibility to expertise the crew reside. It’s basic that we get to play right here so typically but additionally that the supporters get to expertise it with us, it helps us to do that tonight. We need to proceed to push and I get the sense that historical past is being created rapidly in entrance of our eyes after I see how the attendance and the tradition is right here on the Emirates. 5 years in the past if somebody had mentioned that Arsenal’s long-term plan is to maneuver to Emirates Stadium folks would ask how that may occur, now I feel folks perceive that that may be sensible for the long run.
There was a report midweek crowd for a midweek Champion’s League recreation for this one, and fingers crossed that report might be damaged for the semi-final which can see us at dwelling within the second leg once more. Tickets are already on sale, so for those who fancy lending your assist and getting behind the crew, you understand what to do!
There might be some sweating over accidents to Kim Little and Katie McCabe, however as at all times you’ll discover all of the updates and protection you want from Tim and the crew over on Arseblog News.
In the meantime, as we look forward to information in regards to the males to start out dominating the cycle once more, former boss Arsene Wenger has been inducted into the Premier League Corridor of Fame. He joins with Alex Ferguson, with whom he had such an unimaginable rivalry again within the day, and there’s a nice little video on the Premier League website – with snippets from Ian Wright, Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira – by which he talks about his time on the membership.
I loved this bit when he was speaking about what many would contemplate his crowning achievement – the unbeaten season:
After I look again on in right this moment and the way the entire season went, I actually really feel I used to be loopy. Your craziness and might kill you, as effectively your craziness could make you obtain exceptional issues.
It’s attention-grabbing to consider as we head into the ultimate stretch of this season. Folks discuss soccer being a easy recreation, which in some senses it’s; however there may be an elevated sophistication to it nowadays too. We’ve got an extremely tactically astute supervisor with some splendidly technical gamers who’re performing in a system that feels, at instances, like a jet engine. All the pieces is completely tuned to make it work the way in which it ought to.
However soccer can be only a bit psychological. Stuffed with issues you possibly can’t management regardless of how effectively you’re organised or how a lot you put together. Have we seen craziness round Arsenal this season? You guess your shiny metallic ass now we have. From the supervisor, to the followers, to the gamers, there’s been a load of it. Will that be sufficient to assist us obtain a exceptional factor? Time will inform, however I hope so, and if we’d like a bit extra loopy to assist us do it, I get the sensation we’ve obtained a bit extra of that underneath the hood if we’d like it.
Proper, let’s go away it there for this morning. Again tomorrow with a model new Arsecast, and extra right here on the weblog.