Arsenal Women take Jonas Eidevall from Rosengård as new manager

Arsenal have appointed Jonas Eidevall as their manager. The 38-year-old joins from the Swedish club Rosengård, who reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League last season, and takes over from Joe Montemurro.

“I feel honoured to be taking this role,” the Swede said. “Arsenal have a rich history, more successful than any other women’s team in England. I want to add to these honours. It’s super-important that we win, and we will be very ambitious about that, but it’s even more important that we live the values and defend the club badge on a day-to-day basis. I cannot wait to do that at Arsenal.”

Eidevall began his coaching career aged 23 when he became an assistant at the Swedish men’s team Lunds BK. He went on to manage the team for more than three years and in 2009 led them to the second-division title.

Eidevall has had two spells with the women’s side Rosengård, sandwiching time as Henrik Larsson’s assistant at the men’s team Helsingborg. In his first stint with Rosengård he won back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014; on his return he won the Swedish Cup and then, in 2019, their first title in four years.

Montemurro announced in March he would leave at the of the season and has since joined Juventus. He led Arsenal to a first league title in seven years in 2019.

Arsenal’s chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, said Eidevall was “the standout candidate” and “a great fit”. Venkatesham said: “It was important that we found the right person to represent our club, both on the pitch and off the pitch.

“As for his coaching style, he will bring the style of football that Arsenal fans want to see. He’s someone who likes to play on the front foot, high-tempo, attractive, attacking football. The thing that really came out in all of our interactions with Jonas is how much he wanted to join Arsenal.”

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