Morning all.

I want to see a team, a selfless team that believes we can win every challenge, tackle and action out there! – Joe Eidevall.

The Emirates stadium hosted Arsenal Women’s first fixture of the new WSL season. It was Joe Eidevall’s first game of the domestic season too and what a cracker it was. Emma Hayes side were beaten 3-2.

Not a bad way to start eh, beating last season’s League Champions. Beth Mead’s winner offside? Never! LOL

Just like the men, the women’s side of the club have made a number of signings this summer.

Mana Iwabuchi (Aston Villa)
Nikita Parris (Lyon)
Simone Boye Sorensen (Bayern Munich)
Frida Manuum (Linkoping)
Tobin Heath (Manchester United)

Tobin Heath is an older signing, the wisest perhaps, certainly street wise, for the want of a better expression. The USA international is certainly what I’d call a committed player, perhaps sometimes over enthusiastic too.

It’ll be interesting to see who ends up with the most bookings/red cards come the end of their respective season, her or Granit Xhaka.

Going back to what Joe Eidevall said before his team faced Chelsea, the men need those same words drumming into them. “Selfless and belief, everything they do, or try and do, they need to believe they can do it”. The trouble is though, after three losses, nine goals conceded and none scored, I can’t imagine self belief is particularly high.

The international break came at a good time I think. A different environment can sometimes be a good thing but thankfully, there’s just one fixture left this week.

  • Folarin Balogun – England under-21s – Sept 7th
  • Sead Kolasinac – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sept 7th (injured)
  • Bernd Leno – Germany – Sept 8th
  • Martin Odegaard – Norway – Sept 7th
  • Bukayo Saka – England – Sept 8th
  • Albert Sambi Lokonga – Belgium – Sept 8th
  • Emile Smith Rowe – England under-21s – Sept 7th
  • Takehiro Tomiyasu – Japan – Sept 7th
  • Kieran Tierney – Scotland – Sept 7th
  • Granit Xhaka – Switzerland – Sept  8th (Covid)

There are just five domestic fixtures before the October international break will be upon us again but thankfully, only two matches will take place unlike this one where countries have had to cram three fixtures into two weeks.

Norwich H
Burnley A
Wimbledon H  (League Cup)
Toots H
Brighton A

It wasn’t that long ago that you/I would look at the above fixture least and believe that’s 12 points in the bag and who will Arsenal draw in the next round of the Cup. That wasn’t arrogance, just confidence because when Arsenal players stepped onto the pitch, invariably they’d deliver. Now though, I’m far from confident Arsenal will win one of the above fixtures let alone all five. That’s not negativity, just reality.

As Edu and Vinai have said recently, Arsenal are going through a rebuild and fans need to be patient. Whether their message will find its way to the fans I don’t know. Being patient is easy when the journey ahead is clear and although the club’s plan has been made clear to us all, there has to be something to encourage us all to believe in that plan and that in my opinion, will only come from what we see on the pitch.

I know it’s been said before, many times, but the first three fixtures have been awful. The performances have got what they deserved. Defeat. Now though, barring Xhaka and Partey, Mikel Arteta should have a full squad from which to select from. We need to start seeing the Spaniard’s ideas being played out on the pitch. Organisation, commitment and fluidity in our play. Win, lose or draw, a manager can build on that. Chaotic football without structure, he cannot.

Fingers crossed Arsenal don’t pick up anymore injuries during the rest of the week.

See you in the comments.