Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro spoke to VAVEL UK after the Birmingham tie about his team’s performance, missed goalscoring opportunities, decision to let Emma Mitchell to go on loan and the overall assessment of Viktoria Schnaderbeck who has started in the last five games at centre-back.
Montemurro’s side have now won seven consecutive WSL games on the trot and remain three points ahead of title-rivals Manchester City at the top of the FA Women’s Super League.
Team’s performance and missed opportunities
The Arsenal manager spoke honestly about his overall assessment of the team’s performance and felt that they could have score more against Birmingham City. He remains hopeful that his side can maintain the consistency of winning games and scoring more goals across the team.
“We probably expected to be out of our rhythm after playing our first for over two weeks, you could expect that. Overall, it was a professional performance and we got the job done.”
“In the end, we get the ball to a certain point and then it is the execution and talent of the player to put the ball at the back of the net. We had a lot of practice at missing more goalscoring opportunities today.”
Schnaderbeck’s impact in the team
The Austrian International has played a pivotal role in the last five games for Arsenal and Montemurro spoke highly of Viki Schnaderbeck.
“We are blessed with Centre Backs that can pick the pass and start the play. They can organise according to when they want to go forward and prepare the passes.”
“In the first half, she was probably played the pass quite early to Katie McCabe with no one pressing so we asked her to drive more to eliminate the first line of defence which is their attack and then we can progress further up. That is what we did in the second half quite comfortably.”
Emma Mitchell joining Spurs on loan
The Arsenal manager highlighted the decision behind Emma Mitchell’s loan move to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
“She is still contracted to the club. We just felt that she lost out in the pecking order in that position. Hence, she wasn’t able to play much and Emma needs to play. She unfortunately hasn’t been available this season due to injuries and illnesses – other fitness concerns.”
“At the moment, she needs game time and minutes under her belt so she can get back to her best."