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‘I’m an Arsenal fan… so this is a bit surreal’

Although our new manager Joe Montemurro grew up on the other side of the world, the Australian has been an Arsenal fan his whole life, making the experience of working at the club he supported growing up a surreal one.

Having had time to meet some of his new players, get on the training pitch and begin to settle in to a new country, Joe Montemurro sat down with us and explained how he felt to be the new Arsenal Women’s manager.

Here is what he had to say:

on what it feels like to be the Arsenal manager…
Look, without using the common clichés, I am honoured and privileged. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to the journey.

on what appeals to him most about the club…
The thing that really hit me from the start was that it’s a real people’s club. I’d been here for a couple of days before I got the job, obviously to meet, greet and see. The thing that really stuck out was that they really care about their people and they really care about what they stand for and the ethos of the club. That was really evident without speaking of football. I’m an Arsenal fan and have been all my life, so obviously the footballing part of it suits the way that I think football should be played, in a proactive possession based game, and hopefully we can bring that forward in the women’s team also.

on being an Arsenal fan…
It’s a bit surreal. I sort of look and see that I’m wearing the badge and here seeing the legends and the people, so it’s very surreal actually. I’m sort of still coming down from the high, so I can’t explain it, it’s really difficult to explain, but I think surreal is the right word.

on how the move came about…
It’s interesting, I effectively got an email one night about some interest from a club overseas. Low and behold it was Arsenal and it just developed from there, so pretty much here I am and it was quite a straight forward process and quite interesting that it happened so quickly. Obviously they must have been monitoring and asked around about my qualities and credentials and so on and low and behold I’m here.

on it being a big step swapping Australia for England…
I suppose football is a global family and wherever you’re asked to go and it’s the right opportunity, you take that opportunity and obviously it being a great organisation like Arsenal, was a pretty easy decision for me. Yes, the distance from Australia is a long, way away, but I think to be involved at the highest level you have to be at the best clubs and you make the decisions according to that. As I said, I’m just honoured and privileged to be here.

News

Arsenal v Sunderland fixture confirmation

Our Continental Cup quarter-final fixture against Sunderland Ladies will take place this weekend at Meadow Park.

The game has been confirmed to take place at Meadow Park on 17 December at 2pm.

Match Details

FA WSL Continental Cup – quarter-final
Arsenal vs. Sunderland Ladies
Sunday, 17th December (Kick-off is at 2pm UK time)
Meadow Park, Boreham Wood FC

The game will mark our charity matchday for The Arsenal Foundation, where we will be raising funds to support local charities and projects. A number of beneficiaries will be present at the game and there will be a coat collection for homeless charity and Foundation beneficiary, Centrepoint UK.

Supporters can buy tickets online for just £6 by clicking here.

Interview

Montemurro We can do some amazing things here

With his first game in charge edging ever closer, Joe Montemurro is relishing the opportunity to work with a squad which includes a World Cup winner, Olympic gold medal winners and European champions.

The Australian will take charge of his first match against Liverpool on Sunday, and is keen to implement a brand of football which Arsenal fans will be accustomed to.

“This opportunity is amazing, from the point of view of being able to work with them, but also I can learn a lot and grow as a coach and person,” Montemurro told Arsenal Player.

“Being around such successful athletes, they are such amazing role models in not only women’s sport, but sport in general and in this group I think it’s an amazing opportunity to do some really amazing things.

“You always want to work in environments where everyone is in it for the same purpose, that there’s a goal to achieve and there’s a way we want to do things. I think you always want to be in situations and groups where you are working together and are happy to do the work to achieve something.

“There’s obviously the goal, to achieve by winning trophies and winning games, but it’s also important to stamp and continue the way we want to play. 

“I think the football and the way we want to play, the brand and identity of Arsenal is very important and I want to make sure that comes out, so when you come and watch a game that it’s beautiful to watch, pleasing on the eye, but we also win.”

News

We will face Sunderland in the Continental Cup

We will host Sunderland in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, December 17.

We faced the Black Cats earlier in the season at Meadow Park, where we were 3-0 winners, courtesy of strikes from Louise Quinn, Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs.

Click here to find out how our previous fixture against the visitors played out.

Further details on the fixture will soon be announced.

Interview

Montemurro - That achievement marked our arrival

With back-to-back titles and an unbeaten season at Melbourne City under his belt, Joe Montemurro has arrived in England with some pedigree.

The new Arsenal Women’s manager may not be widely known in the English game yet, but he says his achievements back in Australia were huge both for him and his former club.

“You are always proud of these moments and successes in football, but I think from a club perspective it was very important,” Montemurro told Arsenal Player. “There are moments in football that you hope you can keep having and keep challenging yourself and I think it was a great period in the club’s history.

“It was a great opportunity, because we got to build the club from scratch from day one and it was a good project because we were able to stamp the identity and the way we wanted to do things, the high standards and pretty much everything from day one. That was fantastic because you effectively created the template for success in the years to come, so it was a very good project and an exciting project for me as a starter - it’s good that I’ve left a legacy or a template where they can have continued success.”

Montemurro went a whole season unbeaten during his time with Melbourne City

Montemurro spent some of his playing career in Italy at Treviso and completed his UEFA A licence at the renowned Italian finishing school where the likes of Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri all trained: Coverciano.

“I got involved in management when I was very young, 26 or 27,” he said. and “I always loved changing behaviours of people and working with groups to affect behaviour, so it was just a natural progression to get into coaching or managing and it’s just progressed from there. I’ve been privileged enough to work in an industry I love and have made it my life, so it’s fantastic.

“I think you’re always evolving, I think there is never a time when you think that’s it, I’ve made it as a manager. You learn every day, you learn to pick up little details and little things you can do better.

“I think the thing in management is to be very humble and probably the most important thing is to care about your players and really get to know how they work and understand how they work in the group dynamic.

“[My footballing philosophy is that] we play with the ball, we try to solve problems with the ball. It’s good to have good balance without the ball, but it’s a very proactive game, probably things you’ve all heard before. The ability to transfer that style of play into the way you train, the ethos of the team and the integrity of the team. I’m very passionate about what I do, so there’s definitely a high energy in the group.”

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