For greater than 20 years, that they had all of it their very own method. As the primary giants of males’s soccer to get behind their ladies’s facet, Arsenal dominated supreme over the English ladies’s sport from the early Nineties by to their profitable the primary two Ladies’s Tremendous League titles in 2011 and 2012. With 15 league triumphs, 14 FA Cups and 15 Leagues Cups throughout completely different codecs, the north Londoners are by far and away the nation’s most profitable facet, traditionally.
Then got here the fashionable, skilled period, and instantly they discovered themselves enjoying not simply second fiddle but finishing third behind Chelsea and Manchester City for each of their previous two, trophyless seasons. Fairly merely, they haven’t met their excessive requirements.
However the 2021-22 season appears set to herald the beginning of a brand new period, as they try and return to their former glories. They have a new head coach in Jonas Eidevall, a softly spoken Swede with a steely focus and massive ambitions.
Requested whether or not monetary funding could be the important thing to closing the hole on their rivals and ending Sunday’s opponents Chelsea’s reign as champions, Eidevall mentioned: “Cash and assets are one issue, however there are different methods as effectively. For me, recruitment in workers and gamers, the human issue, are issues you may bridge these gaps with. Individuals who can work collectively as a workforce can at all times provide you with a bonus, and that’s what we’re making an attempt to do right here at Arsenal.”
Bringing individuals in is one thing Eidevall has achieved rapidly, and impressively up to now, after a summer season switch window introduced big-name arrivals. Arsenal additionally saved maintain of star striker Vivianne Miedema and England defender Leah Williamson. Lionesses ahead Nikita Parris, Japan celebrity Mana Iwabuchi, Norway midfielder Frida Maanum and Bayern Munich’s Denmark defender, Simone Boye Sorensen, have all added world-class qualities – and depth – to Eidevall’s squad, and that was earlier than Friday’s addition of two-time World Cup-winning United States forward Tobin Heath, one of many greatest international names within the sport.