by Andrew Crawshaw
The Arsenal Women’s senior squad was ‘compact’ to begin with, our injuries have reduced the available players to an alarming level.
For the last match against Juventus we only had four substitute players of whom one was a senior squad member.
Sari Van Veenendaal – available for selection
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin – short term injury probably not available
Emma Mitchell – available for selection
Leah Williamson – available for selection
Jessica Samuelsson – now recovered from long term injury but probably not at full match fitness. Will probably come on as a substitute in France and be at full fitness for 9 September (our league opener against Liverpool)
Louise Quinn – available for selection
Tabea Kemme – Recovering from injury sustained last February – aiming for a return sometime this month
Danielle Van de Donk – available for selection
Jordan Nobbs – Injured will probably get some time as asubstitute in France and hopefully fully ready for 9 September
Kim Little – available for selection
Lia Walti – available for selection
Dominique Bloodworth (née Janssen) – available for selection
Viktoria Schnaderback – long term knee injury sustained in pre-season against Everton (she underwent surgery last week which is reported as being successful)
Danielle Carter – cruciate knee injury in last game of last season – out for most of season
Vivianne Miedema – available for selection
Katie McCabe – available for selection
Lisa Evans – available for selection
Beth Mead – available for selection
So of the 18 members of the squad currently six are injured with three of them long-term.
Normally this wouldn’t matter too much as we would have a wealth of younger players able to step up and fill in, but for a variety of reasons there has been an enormous exodus of our U21 players this summer. Some have gone to teams in the expanded second tier, the Women’s Championship, some have gone Colleges in America to continue their education.
Millwall Lionesses recently appointed our previous Head Coach Pedro Losa as their Director of Football and also appointed Arsenal’s development team coach Chris Phillips as Manager. The Lionesses lost a lot of senior players over the summer and have recruited heavily from our development squad to find replacements.
Our new Development team boss Lauren Philips will have her work cut out to re-establish our Academy’s standing and to provide clearer pathways for our leading players to remain with the club as their need for first team football increases.
We play two matches in Toulouse:-
- Friday evening 19:30 (UK time)
- Arsenal Women v Montpellier Féminines
Montpellier were beaten quarter finalists in last season’s Womens Champions League and came third in France last season – they should provide a good test. I can’t find any signs of the match being broadcast anywhere. Arsena.com say updates will be on the Club’s official twitter account
- Sunday Lunchtime 13:30 (UK time)
- PSG Féminines v Arsenal
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