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Eidevall reflects on our draw with Juventus

Speaking after the match, Jonas Eidevall gave his assessment of tonight's 1-1 draw away at Juventus. 

The boss was pleased with us recording four points away at both Lyon and Juventus in the Champions League group stage so far, but noted that "mostly, we're happy with the performance today."

"We have, of course, a lot of injuries and the players that we have at our disposal, I think they showed a lot of quality and a lot of heart and a lot of bravery coming here, playing our type of football. I think we played well enough and created well enough to win the game. But all in all, with our performance, we should be quite pleased."

Eidevall also praised Jen Beattie's performance, as the Scottish centre-back came on in the second half to provide additional stability to the back line. 

"I think it's important as we get in Beattie from the bench: she provides us with a lot of calm, she provides a lot of leadership on the pitch, great decision-making with the ball. That's how you can often change the game in the second half - with substitutions. I think we used that well today. I'm very happy for Jen and she played a massive part in us coming back in this game."

He reflected that luck wasn't on our side this evening in front of goal, but was quick to acknowledge how many positives there were to take from our spirit and our positioning on the pitch.

"Sometimes [goals] come in a lot of shapes and forms. Sometimes you just struggle a little bit more. The most important thing is to keep your self-confidence, to keep on believing and keep on working on your instincts and your intuition so you don't overthink situations. So we will keep working on the practice field. Keep on having our heads up high. Keep on putting ourselves into good positions and follow our intuition and we will continue to score goals."

Before we face Everton at Meadow Park on December 3, our Gunners have a well-earned rest period and the luxury of over a week to prepare. 

"Of course, we have a free weekend now. I think that will be very nice, both for players and staff, and after that, we need to go again."

"And hopefully, who knows, we might get some of the injured players back," Eidevall added. "That will help our squad situation for the Everton game."

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