Arsenal Women’s boss Jonas Eidevall wants his side to face the MEN’S UNDER 16 TEAM to make training ‘harder than the games’ against ‘more physical and faster’ opponents than they will play in the Champions League
- Arsenal Women were pipped to the Women’s Super League title by Chelsea
- Manager Jonas Eidevall is already looking ahead to the next season
- He wants his team to play against the male academy players to improve
Arsenal Women’s manager Jonas Eidevall plans to have his team face the men’s Under 16s in an attempt to get them ready for the teams they’ll face in the Champions League.
Eidevall’s Arsenal side missed out on the Women’s Super League title despite beating West Ham on the final day.
Chelsea’s 4-2 win against Manchester United saw them crowned champions, finishing a point above the Gunners.
Arsenal Women’s manager Jonas Eidevall plans to have his team face the men’s Under 16s
Speaking in the wake of the final day, Eidevall told The Athletic: ‘we have to have a good cooperation with our boys’ academy to involve them in practices and internal games, so we can play against something more physical and faster than we will ever play against in the Champions League, in order to set the benchmark,’ the Swede says.
‘That’s an astonishing opportunity that most football teams around the world would give everything in order to do; to see if we can make our training harder than the games.
‘That means if we’re successful in training, then we will for sure be successful in games as well. We’ll have a little bit more time and it will be a little bit easier.
‘That’s more something to speak to Per Mertesacker (Arsenal boys’ academy manager) with. Under-15 or 16 is usually a good age group where the physicality hasn’t grown so much on all the players. They are a little faster than our players but it’s not impossible to play against.’
Eidevall believes facing the academy players will be good preparation for European football