Jonas Eidevall made a fine start to life in north London on Sunday as we ran out 4-0 winners over Tottenham in a pre-season friendly.
With a number of players still on holiday following Tokyo 2020, our head coach named a reduced squad with two academy products in our starting XI - and they certainly stepped up to the challenge.
In fact, it was Alex Hennessy who opened the scoring inside 30 minutes after being trusted to lead the line.
Anna Patten timed her run perfectly down the right wing and whipped the ball across the face of goal, where Hennessy was waiting to head home her first at senior level.
We stepped things up a gear following the restart too, pressing and playing out from the back with far greater intensity.
We eventually dragged Tottenham’s defence out of position, forcing a foul on Beth Mead inside the penalty area, and Katie McCabe was on hand to rifle a powerful effort into the roof of the net.
Anna Patten then went on to make it three with the best strike of the evening, firing into the bottom corner from 20 yards, before Hennessy doubled her tally deep into stoppage time.
With a stunning team move that saw us shift from defence to attack in a matter of seconds, Lisa Evans raced free down the right wing and selflessly squared for Hennessy, who tapped home from close and capped off a fine evening in north London.
With our pre-season fixture schedule complete, we must now turn our attention to our Women’s Champions League tie with FC Okzhetpes.
The game will take place on Wednesday, August 18 with kick-off at 4.45pm (UK time)
Copyright 2023 The Arsenal Football Club Limited. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.