Joe Montemurro reacts to FA Cup semi-final defeat – Arseblog News – the Arsenal


On why Lisa Evans wasn’t in the squad and the situation with Kim Little….
Lisa copped a big knock in the Spurs game which she seemed to recover from, but it flared up again yesterday in training so we didn’t want to risk it. With Kim we don’t know yet, she seemed to feel a strain and we’re hopeful that we got it early so it didn’t develop into something worse but we’ll just have to wait and see over the next few games.

On why Lia Wälti didn’t start the game…
Lia wasn’t 100% right to start so we had a good conversation with her and we decided it would be better to bring her on in the second half, so DvD was given the role. The way the game worked out I don’t think was so much a personnel scenario. City were finding spaces beyond our press and in the opposite pockets and they were hurting us.

On Arsenal’s recent record in games against Manchester City and Chelsea…
City were simply better than us tonight they slung us around and beat our press and we dropped a little bit deeper in the first half and we’ve only got ourselves to blame. I’m not sure if it is an issue against big teams or not but sometimes you have to give credit to the other team and they were better than us tonight.

On whether Manchester City’s high press caught Arsenal off guard…
I don’t think their press hurt us I think we got disorganised when we allowed them to advance, we were getting past their first line of press quite easily. Sam Mewis is a very powerful player and was the difference in the first half.

On injuries piling up again…
It’s very hard to put our finger exactly on these situations. We have a lot of games but we have a lot of depth in the squad and we’ve tried to rest and rotate players as much as possible. We got ourselves into a situation tonight where we were chasing the game and that can take a lot out of you from a physical perspective. We’ll just have to assess who is available, who is not available, who we need to rest and thinking forward. But if players get injured on international breaks or players get kicks and can’t recover, we can’t control that but I can’t.





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