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Arsenal Women’s boss Eidevall says Theology professor dad inspires his managerial style

JONAS EIDEVALL reckons his former priest father’s heavenly inspiration has influenced his work as a football boss. 

And the Arsenal gaffer credits Arsene Wenger for partly shaping his approach to the game as his team prepare for Okzhetpes in a Women’s Champions League duel.  

Jonas Eidevall's Arsenal side will take on Okzhetpes in a Women's Champions League qualifier

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Jonas Eidevall’s Arsenal side will take on Okzhetpes in a Women’s Champions League qualifierCredit: Getty

Eidevall, 38, was speaking to reporters ahead of the Gunners’ qualifying clash with the Kazakhstan outfit which starts at 11am on Wednesday in Moscow’s Sapsan Arena.

The game will see the Sweden-born coach overseeing the North London aces for the first time in Europe following his appointment as head coach in June. 

The clash comes four months on from Eidevall leading Swedish outfit Rosengard to the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals last term.    

And the coach revealed how much his father’s outlook inspires his approach as a manager and along with Gunners legend Wenger’s influence on his playing philosophy.   

The Arsenal chief said: “My father has had a big impact on how I coach players just like my Mum and the rest of my family has. 

“My Dad worked as a priest and now is a professor in Theology. 

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“He has influenced me personally, although I’m not spending time going to church and so on but, on a human level.

“I think growing up, seeing him working with people and giving support to people at the hardest of times, the way he does that, in my eyes, has always been very compassionate.

“I hope that has influenced me in a positive way. 

“Another major inspiration for me and to develop my coaching philosophy was the Arsenal men’s team under Arsene Wenger. 

“Growing up being a supporter of the club, to see a team that could play football that way, made me feel really proud.

“I wanted to find out what it’s like to work with a team to create that feeling for those players and for the fans and staff.”

Arsenal, who have clocked up two solid pre-season wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, will be without the services of midfield maestro Jordan Nobbs.   

The England ace is currently recovering from an ankle injury sustained during the team’s 2-1 friendly defeat of the Blues. 

Nobbs, 28, is reported to be making good progress with her recuperation and battle back to fitness.   

And club officials say long-serving centre-back Leah Williamson has been unable to travel with the team to Moscow due to “personal family reasons”. 

Arsenal are making their Champions League return after missing out on the contest last year.

The team have been boosted by the summer signings of World Cup-winning Japan ace Mana Iwabuchi and England striker Nikita Parris. 

And the club have added Norway international Frida Maanum and Denmark centre-back to their ranks.

Their Champions League squad also includes Academy star Teyah Goldie who made her senior Gunners’ debut in the Gunners 10-0 Women’s FA Cup fourth-round drubbing of Gillingham. 

Arsenal academy starlet Teyah Goldie (left) has been included in the Gunners' squad for the Women's Champions League

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Arsenal academy starlet Teyah Goldie (left) has been included in the Gunners’ squad for the Women’s Champions LeagueCredit: Getty

And the England Under-19 defender, 17, featured in the Gunners’ pre-season wins against Chelsea and Tottenham. 

Eidevall added:  “Teyah is excellent in her defending. I think it’s pretty rare to see a player that young being so good at following the attackers, in the penalty area. 

“She’s very good at taking small steps to know when to commit, and when not to. So, I think she has a real talent there.”


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