Jonas Eivedall backs Arsenal Women to learn from their heavy Champions League defeat to Barcelona

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Arsenal were well beaten by defending champions Barcelona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium  (Getty Images)
Arsenal were well beaten by defending champions Barcelona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium (Getty Images)

Arsenal Women boss Jonas Eidevall has backed his side to learn from their chastening defeat to Barcelona last night.

The Gunners lost 4-1 to European champions Barca in their opening game of this season’s Women’s Champions League, but it could have been more.

Barcelona finished the game with 65 per cent possession and they had 35 shots on goal over the 90 minutes, while they also missed a penalty too.

Going into the game Arsenal had won all nine of their opening matches under Eidevall and the Swede has backed his side to learn from this loss in Spain.

“We will learn from it for the future and it will raise our standards and we will be better,” he said.

“As a coach you always try to find solutions and you also try to instil belief in your players. It is small margins in games like this and the decision making needs to be so good.

“It doesn’t work for me to scream and direct the players from the sidelines because if you’re half a second too late when you make a pressing run, they play the ball into the space behind and they are past you.

“But I am really proud of my players, they never gave up and we will learn from this going forward.”

Barca went in at the break 2-0 up as goals from Mariona Caldentey and Alexia Putellas put them in charge.

Asisat Oshoala made it three shortly after half-time and, despite Arsenal’s Frida Maanum pulling one back with 15 minutes to go, the hosts added a fourth through Lieke Martens.

“Most teams can’t hurt you in so many ways and that is one of Barca’s biggest strengths, they can punish you in different ways, which makes it very difficult to stop them,” Eidevall added.

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