Arsenal Women manager Jonas Eidevall has revealed sporting director Edu sent him a message congratulating his side for reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League.
The Gunners overturned a goal deficit to beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at a rainy Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, cementing a place in the last four of European football’s primary club competition for the first time in a decade.
Frida Maanum and Stina Blackstenius were the goalscoring heroes on the night, with the former scoring a tremendous opening goal to wipe out Bayern’s advantage from the first leg.
Speaking to the media after the game, Eidevall admitted that he’d received a message from Edu to congratulate him and Arsenal’s players, before revealing the tremendous camaraderie at the club.
“I got a very nice message from Edu after the game,” the Swede said.
“The support from the whole club is magnificent. There is a lot of talk about always acting with class – you really understand the meaning of that when you’re inside the organisation.
“It’s ingrained and it spreads down in the organisation. Communication and belief from them is amazing.”
Barcelona also secured their place in the last four on Wednesday, crushing Roma 5-1 in the second leg of their quarter-final encounter at Camp Nou, but Arsenal’s opponents are yet to be determined as Paris Saint-Germain still need to take on Wolfsburg for the second time – the latter won their first leg meeting 1-0.
“It’s been a long-term goal to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League,” Eidevall continued. “I am very happy that we’re going to the semi-finals. It’s an incredible achievement that we are so proud of – I told the players before the game, we have the potential to beat any team when we hit all things perfect.
“That doesn’t mean it’s easy or we can do it every time. But we now have that potential. So if we have that wouldn’t it be incredible and beautiful if we can bring that to one more stage in this competition, to see how strong our wings are, and how high we can fly together.
“We managed to do that today, that’s a proud moment for the whole club. If we hit it right we can beat any team. It also means there is a lot of work going into performances to be consistent. I don’t take anything for granted.
“We need to deal with every situation and do our very best.”
Arsenal have tasted success in the Women’s Champions League before, but their win over Swedish outfit Umea in the 2007 final feels like a long time ago.
Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema may be sidelined with serious injuries, but Arsenal certainly have the firepower to lift the trophy again. Couple that with the confidence on display from captain Leah Williamson and you’d be foolish to rule them out of contention despite the strengths of the other’s remaining in the competition.
“Historic for this current group of players,” Williamson told Sky Sports of Arsenal’s win. “A place that hardly any of us have played before, in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
“It’s a step forward in the right direction. We’re ready.”