Jonas Eidevall hopes Arsenal can be ‘active’ in the winter transfer window following injuries to Miedema and Mead

JONAS EIDEVALL says Vivianne Miedema, who has picked up a knee injury, means Arsenal could be busier in the January transfer window.

The Gunners head coach, 39, says the club need to step up their game following injuries to Beth Mead, 27, and Miedema.

Jonas Eidevall says Arsenal need to have the depth of squad to support their challenge in all competitions

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Jonas Eidevall says Arsenal need to have the depth of squad to support their challenge in all competitionsPhoto credit: Getty
The Gunners boss says the club hope to be active in the transfer market with Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema both sidelined with cruciate ligament injuries

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The Gunners boss says the club hope to be active in the transfer market with Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema both sidelined with cruciate ligament injuriesPhoto credit: Getty

Eidevall’s team meets Switzerland’s FC Zürich in Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland.

Their final game this year and in the Champions League group stage kicks off at 17:45 tonight.

It comes six days after Gunners forward Miedema, 26, tore her anterior cruciate ligament.

When asked if Mead and Miedema’s ACL injuries changed his January recruiting plans, Eidevall said: “Well, it does a little bit.

“That makes it necessary for us to be more active in the January transfer window.

“I hope we can be active. It’s about finding the right players, but we have to take into account that we played 16 games here before Christmas.

“If we’re successful in all the competitions we’re in, we could end up playing 26 games from January to May.

“Of course we need a squad that can handle 26 games.

“We’ve got quite a limited amount of time so it’s an important transfer window.”

Arsenal, who currently sit at the top of their Champions League group, have reportedly been linked with Ajax midfielder Victoria Pelova.

Regarding the rumors of interest in the 23-year-old player, who has scored three goals in eight top Dutch games this season, Eiedvall said he had “no comment”.

Player workloads and game planning are constant topics of conversation within the sport given the spate of injuries suffered by footballers in the WSL and other top European leagues.

Eidevall, Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman and Bayern Munich women’s boss Alexander Straus are among the coaches who have highlighted the need for more rest periods for players.

And while Eidevall reckons resolving scheduling issues will not be a ‘quick fix’, he believes increased communication and compromise between clubs and international coaches is vital.

The Gunners boss added: “Some of these things are not going to be a quick fix because it’s a matter of planning.

“When we play international club football or national team football, of course that is decided many years in advance.

“Here we can have the experience so hopefully next time we decide on our own schedule that we can adjust.

“Then there are quicker solutions – and I won’t let Viv’s injury spoil this narrative – but the way the Netherlands have managed their players during that period has been impressive.

“They’re really trying to achieve the player-first approach and we’re trying to work with them too.

“That’s what we as coaches have to pay attention to at the moment.

“That means we can’t change the schedule now, but we can improve and strengthen our communication and we have to understand that we all have to give something.

“There is no way we can make decisions that only take our own interests into account. Both parties have to give in to benefit the players.”

Arsenal, who were beaten 1-0 by Lyon last Thursday, will hope to round off the group stage later with a win against Zurich.

The Gunners have already qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition with three wins, one draw and one loss in their last five games.

Eidevall’s side, currently top of Group C and level on points with Lyon, are keen to stay on pole.

The Arsenal manager added: “You want to have as much advantage as possible in this competition if you reach the quarter-finals.

“Eight brilliant teams will perform here.

“But of course we would like to go there as number one if that is possible.

“It’s also important not to go into the quarter-finals with too many yellow cards.

Arsenal are aiming for group victory in the Champions League and are aiming for a win against FC Zurich

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Arsenal are aiming for group victory in the Champions League and are aiming for a win against FC ZurichPhoto credit: Getty

“We saw that against Wolfsburg last season.

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“It was really difficult for us to play those games with so many players on the verge of suspension.

“We handled that part much, much better and had much better discipline.”

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