Earlier this summer, 29-year old Danish centre-half Simone Boye joined Arsenal from Bayern Munich. It was a surprise signing in some quarters, with Lotte Wubben-Moy, Leah Williamson, Jen Beattie, Viki Schnaderbeck and Anna Patten all available at centre-half.
Boye played for new Head Coach Jonas Eidevall for two years at Rosengard and had been a target for Manchester United this summer, before deciding to join up with her former boss in North London.
In Jonas Eidevall’s pre-match press conference prior to the Gunners’ Champions League qualifier against Kazakhstani side Okzhetpes in Moscow, Arseblog News asked Jonas which qualities he thinks Simone could bring to Arsenal’s defence.
“I worked with Simone before and she has great leadership qualities, she is very calm and composed on the ball. In every sense, she is a team player and wants to do what is best for the team.
“We have good numbers in defence coming into a very congested playing schedule, especially in the autumn because we will be playing three times a week a lot of times. We will need to be able to handle that and be able to change players and not lose experience when we do. We want to perform at our best level in all competitions and she can help us to do that.”
Eidevall told the press on Tuesday that he wanted to introduce a style of play that involved “pressing with a good intensity and moves the ball at a high pace,” pointing out that he wanted, “not just to put the ball forwards all the time but at the right moment when the opponents have opened up.
“I would describe my style as high paced possession football but I want the structure behind that means we are not unbalanced when we lose the ball. Obviously every coach wants to see all of the things they have worked on working straight away but we have to admit that we are at the beginning of this process.
“Not everything is going to be perfect- it rarely is in football. What matters now for the stage we are at is that we need to try it and the reaction when we lose the ball has to be perfect and how we react to that situation. We need to be hungry to keep going after the ball and if it doesn’t work, we learn and we try again.”