Arsenal Women were knocked out of the Champions League as Wolfsburg produced one of the comfortable football scores of the midweek action. The tie was evenly poised after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates. Former Gunner Jill Roord opened the scoring in the ninth minute before an own goal from defender Leah Williamson sealed the win for the German side. Although the Gunners were much improved in the second half, the Wolfsburg defense proved to be a tough nut to crack.
Arsenal Women manager Jonas Eidevall: “We knew it was going to be a tough game today. It really shows in the game that it is small margins that determine – we hit the crossbar, we hit the post, we had a penalty that looks clear to everyone else but the one who is reviewing it, and we don’t get that. We need to get something like that in a game like this today in order to get a result. We were better in the second half. We showed a better version of ourselves, but the players never gave up and they took the game into almost the dying minutes with that penalty situation, which could have given us another life into the game.”
“We need to learn from this game here if we want to be a top European team. There are things we need to develop, and we need to spend the rest of this season and next year’s pre-season in order to develop it, but also to say, now is the time to refocus, be sharp and get ready for Sunday. It’s one thing to lose one game, but we need to be ready for the next one and that requires a lot from everyone. When you play Champions League, and that’s the best thing about it, you get exposed to the best club teams in Europe, and obviously, you learn a lot about yourself, both on an individual level and on a team level.”
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