Eidevall praises Kuhl and Lotte's 'Arsenal heart'

Jonas Eidevall gave his post-game assessment after we secured a strong start to the Conti Cup group stages with a 3-1 win over Bristol City.

"Our performance was good, especially in the first half," said Eidevall, after the game. "We played some great attacking football against a very compact and hardworking Bristol team. I think the scoreline happened because we fell asleep for one moment on the setpiece and they scored.

"We made it far more entertaining than it should have been, but it was nice that we could score in the end and win by more than just one goal."

Our head coach heavily rotated the starting lineup ahead of the Conti Cup tie, making nine changes to the side. 

"The whole squad is really important in this block and for the whole season. I really liked the performances from the players who came in and it shows that we have good competition in the squad.

"It shows that we have different qualities in some players who haven't played so much compared to players who have played more minutes, and that's really good for me to see. That was a really good sign."

In particular, Eidevall highlighted the performance of Danish midfielder, Kathrine Kuhl, who earned her first start this season and impressed with her intelligent display. 

"For me, Ke has all the attributes in order to be a great Arsenal player. She's so comfortable on the ball, she's so comfortable operating in small spaces and her work rate is phenomenal. She can cover so much distance.

"Where I think she has improved a lot is with her decision-making and knowing what to do with the ball and finding when it's good to have a forward pass.

"One thing I say with Ke is that she's such a good trainer. I think sometimes you see how people apply themselves in training day in, day out and you know that's a blueprint for becoming a really successful football player. She definitely follows that book."

Eidevall was also full of praise for Lotte Wubben-Moy's performance, with our centre-back picking up an important goal in the first half alongside a Player of the Match nod for the second game running. 

"Lotte is both important as a player but also for the culture she sets and for her big, big Arsenal heart. I really like how she is also developing her leadership qualities - it's not only her playing abilities.

"That's really important when we look at her holistically as a player that she develops both and I think it really benefits her."

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