Jonas Eidevall urges Arsenal to bounce back from Barcelona thumping ahead of Hoffenheim clash

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Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall has challenged his side to string together “five really solid performances” as they look to bounce back from their defeat to Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League.

The Gunners were thumped 4-1 by the defending champions in their opening group game last week and will look to get their campaign back on track when they face Hoffenheim on Thursday.

Under Eidevall, who replaced Joe Montemurro this summer, Arsenal have made a superb start to the WSL season, winning their opening five games to go three points clear at the top, and are now looking to take that form into Europe.

“We want to win every game that we play, we want to do our best, so nothing changes,” he said.

“We have played one game, we have five games more to go in the group stage. We need to have five really solid performances and it needs to start with one tomorrow.

“They are definitely going to try to impose themselves on us. It’s going to be high intensity, lots of sprinting, duels, they are going to be really aggressive, which gives us very little time with the ball, and trying to make things as uncomfortable as possible for us.”

Arsenal could hardly have asked for a tougher opponent on the first day of the group stage than Barcelona, who hammered WSL champions Chelsea in last season’s final.

“I think Barcelona played exceptionally well against us,” Eidevall added.

“That’s one opponent. Now we play Hoffenheim - it is also a very good team, but not to take anything away from Hoffenheim, but Barcelona is on another level, and so this will be a different game.”

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