Eidevall relishes Manchester City test for Arsenal and hopes WSL will attract more investment
JONAS EIDEVALL hopes the “drama and entertainment” of the WSL will attract more financial support for the division in the future.
And the Arsenal boss is relishing the challenge facing his aces when they take on Manchester City this afternoon.
Eidevall shared his thoughts on the WSL after the Gunners and Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals ahead of his side’s clash with City later.
The midday duel comes days after the London rivals’ dramatic defeats to Bayern Munich and Lyon.
Asked what these results suggest about the strength of the league, the Arsenal chief replied: “That says a lot.
“We have Manchester United and Manchester City, who have played incredibly well so far this season.
“They also have the quality to go very far in Europe.”
Eidevall’s remarks coincided with the FA revealing that 500,000 fans have attended WSL games so far this season.
The Gunners gaffer added: “We play a lot of games (in the WSL), which are really difficult.
“You see a team like Aston Villa and the football they produce – it’s amazing and very high level football.”
“Talking about just four (WSL teams) might be a mistake. There will be more clubs to come (through).
“It will be the strength of the league.
“It’s what no other European country will have right now – a league that can have so much competition, so much drama and so much fun.
“Hopefully this can be a real driver of financial investment to bring the best players in Europe to come and play here in England.”
Arsenal have won just one of their last six WSL encounters with Manchester City, with their rivals winning four of those matches.
While the Gunners overcame their opponents en route to League Cup triumph this year, City avenged that loss with a 2-1 win in the WSL in February.
The Arsenal boss added: “I see them as a very strong team.
“They are very organized both on and off the ball with a very clear idea of how they want to execute (their game plan)
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against this strong team.”
Today’s clash could see Steph Houghton make his ninth WSL appearance this term.
And Taylor believes the City skipper is in fine form for his team.
The Citizens boss said: “Steph has performed very well for us during this period.
“I think she’s playing some of her best football we’ve seen. Her leadership qualities are huge.”
Arsenal vs Manchester City will be shown live from 12.30pm on BBC Two and streamed live via BBC iPlayer today.