Jonas Eidevall says Arsenal are “quick in numbers” and there are “issues we have to take a look at with the intention to be higher” after they failed to usher in one other ahead within the January switch window.
With Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema each sidelined by ACL accidents, Eidevall had final month expressed his want for a “prolific goalscorer” to be signed.
On Monday, the Gunners had a world-record bid of £500,000 for ahead Alessia Russo rejected by Manchester United.
Sky Sports activities Information understands Arsenal provided varied forwards and money offers for the 23-year-old throughout negotiations with United.
One of many gamers Arsenal provided was Stina Blackstenius, who’s the membership’s presumed beginning striker for the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, United later knowledgeable the north London membership they’d determined in opposition to promoting Russo.
Reflecting on the January window, Eidevall stated: “I believe I used to be clear within the window that we would have liked one other ahead and we recognized targets.
“I do know the membership labored very onerous, however it was a really tough switch window, to not discover gamers to wish to play for Arsenal, (and) there may be loads of top quality, however to seek out golf equipment eager to promote high quality gamers.
“That was very tough and we weren’t profitable, and naturally we’re disillusioned with that, however now we’ve to look ahead and make the perfect of the state of affairs. I nonetheless have a squad with a number of qualities, that I imagine lots in.
“We’re quick in numbers, we all know that, that may be a possible downside, however we’ve to work collectively and do it nearly as good as doable to achieve our objectives.
“With out going into particulars on discussing what our targets have been, we searched globally for gamers. It was a really tough window to seek out golf equipment eager to launch gamers as a result of it is an immature switch market the place in the event that they launch a participant, they’ve a very onerous time discovering their alternative.
“We knew it was going to be onerous, however it was even more durable than we thought.”
Nevertheless, Arsenal – who’re presently third within the WSL – did have a busy window. Midfielders Victoria Pelova and Kathrine Kuhl, plus goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo have been signed, whereas teenage Brazil winger Gio was recalled from her mortgage spell at Everton.
However Eidevall believes Arsenal are nonetheless quick on gamers – seemingly referring to ahead areas – and says he’ll now deal with getting outcomes along with his group.
Eidevall informed a press convention on Friday: “I believe recruitment is essential if you are going to be a profitable group.
“Final summer time I believe we received one participant too little, and now we did that once more in January. So clearly there are issues we have to take a look at with the intention to be higher as a result of over time these items actually have a huge impact on the way in which we are able to carry out and ambitions we have to have. That is crucial for us.
“You’ll be able to have outcomes, or excuses, I do not assume you’ll be able to have each, and I’m going to attempt to have outcomes.”
Hayes proud of Chelsea squad: ‘I desire to do enterprise in June’
Elsewhere, Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes says she is proud of the squad she has, having not signed any new gamers in January.
She stated: “Our resolution to not add to the squad this window was as a result of strategically we all the time desire to do our enterprise in June.
“January is a notoriously tough window in women and men’s soccer. That was confirmed the case on this one. We’re proud of our squad because it stands. I a lot desire to deal with June home windows.”
Two of Chelsea’s star gamers – Pernille More durable and Magda Eriksson – each see their contracts expire this summer time, however Hayes didn’t give something away when requested if they may prolong their stays.
“Discussing gamers and their present conditions and hyperlinks to golf equipment is just not a spot for this discussion board,” she stated.
“It is between me and the gamers, and the membership and the gamers. Everyone is aware of they’re within the final six months of their contract, so sure, that is a risk.”
The January switch window was one other watershed second for the WSL.
There have been file bids for Alessia Russo and a British file transfer for Bethany England, plus Aston Villa and Tottenham proved their mettle within the switch market.
There are additionally inquiries to be requested to – is that this the final window earlier than we see one million pound ladies’s participant? And which gamers will use their switch to stake a World Cup declare?