Pre-Match Report

Ladies: Arsenal v Doncaster - Preview

Pedro Martinez Losa

Arsenal Ladies welcome Doncaster Rovers Belles to Meadow Park for the final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon - kick-off at 2pm.

Pedro Martinez Losa celebrated two years at the helm in September, but he feels his work is just getting started with the Gunners.

The Arsenal Ladies boss spoke at length for Sunday's official matchday programme, revealing his plans for the club, his hopes for the future and how he copes with the stress of management.

In a season which has seen the Gunners win another FA Cup, yet miss out on Continental Cup glory, Losa is adamant that progress has been made.

"We are in a period where we are working on the mentality of the team. We are still creating our own style and we have been moving forward on this one," he said.

"But at this club trophies are obviously very important. Not just winning the FA Cup, but the way that we won - that was very important. Obviously I think in terms of the Continental Cup that we deserved more from the semi-final against Man City. We never seemed to get lucky in the draws, in the FA Cup and Continental Cup it was always WSL 1 opponents and this is another difficulty that we had this year.

"Obviously our objectives are to become more consistent and ultimately to win the league. In the end, two games have defined everything - especially the Champions League places.

"We are in a position now to go for Chelsea and Manchester City next season with no problems and no fear, thinking we can be better than them."

Pedro Martinez Losa


The home defeats to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have troubled Losa - who revealed that he can be hard on himself.

"Normally after a game it causes me a loss of sleep," he admitted. "The first thing that I try to analyse is if I made the right decision with the line up, with the substitutions, if I managed to help the team in the right situations at the right times.

"You have your influence on the game, while obviously the players have all the merits to score goals, to play - but you can help them.

"But sometimes you can think ‘oh - I didn’t help too much…’ for any particular reason. I spend most of the time analysing and criticising myself in that way and after that, when I am good with myself and when I’ve spent enough time thinking about the preparation and what I could’ve done better, then it’s my job to analyse the team.

"Usually the night after a game it’s difficult for me to sleep because I am trying to remember and make good points and I want to work even harder on the next Monday to improve.

"I’m very critical with myself and obviously first I analyse myself, I try to criticise and then I try to speak with the team. After that, we try to stay together as a team and we also analyse what the team did. We can always improve."

For more from Losa as he reflects on the season, the departures of three first-team players and the signing of Kim Little, make sure to pick up a copy of Sunday's official matchday programme.

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