It wasn’t that long back that Arsenal were being dismissed as a contender this season following being hit by injuries.
What a difference just a few weeks make. Now they are eagerly pursuing for three prizes.
A superb first-half display in the first half against Bayern Munich on Wednesday saw the team overcome a 1-0 initial loss and secure their place in the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League to the first time in the past decade.
It’s the end of an incredible period for the Gunners who have finally won four years of silverware after beating Chelsea during the League Cup final on 5 March.
“It’s been a long-term goal of mine to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League,” said manager Jonas Eidevall. “It’s an amazing achievement that we’re so pleased with.
“I told the players before the game that our performance in the League Cup final told me we had potential [to win] when we get things perfect. It doesn’t mean it’s easy and we can do every time, but if we have that potential wouldn’t it be incredible and beautiful to bring that to this competition too?”
Rejoicing over their north London derby win against Tottenham last weekend Eidevall’s team were roaring with ferocity on the Emirates and took Bayern off with two beautifully executed goals.
They are now looking at an European semi-final. With just three points between them and WSL leading team Manchester United with seven games left, winning three trophy isn’t impossible.
“Process is really important and results create belief,” Eidevall said. Eidevall. “It is the thing that you’re doing you are more likely to repeat them when you get a win in football by it.
“This month has given us [the results] and hopefully that creates a lot of belief as well.”
Victory provided Eidevall and his team an “special” moment in front of more than 20,000 supporters who were the largest crowd ever for an all-women’s European game in England.
It was a match that the Swede described as their finest game in the stadium in his time at the club.
“It was special when I came here and we beat Chelsea 3-2 in my first game but that was limited time we had worked here,” Eidevall said. Eidevall.
“This feels like 20 months’ combination of work going into a double header against one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. I’m very proud of that.”
He added that he believed the comfort that comes with playing in the Emirates this season was the role in their success. it was an “realistic vision” to make it an ongoing place for the women’s team in the near future.
“It’s been absolutely fundamental, that without us being able to experience playing here so many times, but also to get supporters here to experience it so many times with us,” said Eidevall.
“I am hoping that this continues to grow. I feel a feeling of faith that history is being rapidly created before our eyes as I look at how many people are attending and what a cultural atmosphere are here in Emirates Stadium. Emirates Stadium.
“Five five years ago, anyone had said that Arsenal’s long-term goal is to move forever into Emirates Stadium, people would likely have asked “how would that take place?’
“But now I think people understand that might be a realistic vision for the future.”
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