Interview

Eidevall on taking charge, the win and more

Jonas Eidevall

Welcome to north London, Jonas Eidevall!

Our head coach took to the touchline for the first time on Sunday and marked the occasion with an encouraging 4-0 pre-season victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

We spoke to Eidevall after the game - and this is what he had to say:

on how it feels to finally arrive in north London…
I am delighted and it has been excellent to start working with the players on the pitch myself. Obviously the staff here have been doing incredible work with the players while I have been remote but it’s easier for everyone now that I am on site.

on his first game being a north London…
From a result perspective it is really nice but I made it a bit complicated for the players because it is pre-season so we tried some different positions and tried different formations and with time in pre-season being so limited for us we need to try things before we can practice them too much. You could see in the first half that we were making too many mistakes because the players haven’t had the time to practice yet, but it was much better in the second half.

on when the players who went to the Olympics will return to training…
Because of the rules for entry to Russia, we need everyone on site and in the bubble on Monday and then we need to look at it from an individual perspective. We’re not going to just group the Olympics players together, we will assess everyone on an individual basis on how we can load them but they will be back with us this week and we are really looking forward to that.

on getting the chance to work with a full squad…
I am very excited about that and I think the players are too, we have a very exciting season ahead of us and we will need all of that quality.

on his message to the Arsenal fans…
Your support has been amazing, keep giving us that this season and that can give us the extra one per cent we need to achieve what we want to this season.

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