‘With the squad we have we can beat any team’, says Jonas Eidevall as Arsenal target defeat of Bayern Munich
JONAS EIDEVALL wants Arsenal to turn the frustration of their loss to Bayern Munich around by knocking them out of the Champions League.
The Gunners chief believes his side are capable of beating any team in Europe as they target a contest semis spot.
A Wednesday night win of at least 2-0 at the Emirates would see the Gunners enter the contest semis for the first time in a decade.
The Arsenal boss said: “With the squad that we have here, we can beat any team at any time.
“We know it’s going to be determined with small details, but I feel with this squad of players, against any team in the world we play, I know we have a chance of beating them.
“Having that feeling is one of the greatest feelings to have because then you know that everything is possible.”
The Gunners’ first-leg quarter’s clash with their opponents saw them fall to a 1-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.
And Eidevall was left frustrated after seeing a few of his side’s penalty appeals dismissed.
He also questioned Bayern’s decision not to use goal line tech which will be in place at the Emirates.
The Gunners’ chief, who criticised how VAR was deployed last time out, said: “I wasn’t necessarily unhappy with the technology.
“It was more the people (officials) that were sitting there as I still think they had choices to make.
“But with the frustration felt after that game, we have to turn that into action and use that positive energy.
“We can’t focus on what has been, we have to focus on what’s in front of us and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.
“One of my favourite sayings is you can’t have both results and excuses – you have to choose one of them.
“I will always go for the results and that’s the way we will look at that situation and where we have to go looking forwards.”
Arsenal have so far sold 19,600 tickets for their Emirates clash with Bayern.
This is a significant rise on the 5,018 tickets flogged ahead of their Champions League quarters home tie last year.
The game comes a day after Sarina Wiegman named her England squad ahead of friendlies against Brazil and Australia
Gunners’ centre-back Lotte Wubben-Moy is among high-profile omissions from the 25-strong group.
Eidevall added: “I can definitely understand if Lotte is disappointed with not being called up.
“When she has started for us she has played very well. The competition to get into England is very tough.
“We all know what an incredible talent and character she is, and I’m sure she will find her way back.”
Arsenal are currently the only English side to have triumphed in the Women’s Champions League with the team lifting the trophy under Vic Akers back in 2007.
Their match comes a night before Chelsea’s quarter-final decider against Lyon at Stamford Bridge with the Blues aiming to win the contest for the first time.
The last time an Arsenal side played in the semi-finals was back in April 2013 with the team losing 4-1 on aggregrate to Wolfsburg.
While Eidevall admits Gunners’ progressing to the semis would be pleasing, he has no intention of resting on his laurels.
The Arsenal gaffer added: “It’s not like I’m going to retire and lay on a beach somewhere thinking what a great achievement that was.
“You have to make the most of the opportunity.
“To be a champion of a continent is probably the greatest thing you can win in club football in Europe.
“And it’s something that we are very proud of in our history. If we in the future could repeat that, it would be great.
“Like I said, I have to believe that we can beat any on any given day so let’s make the most of it.”
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