Jonas Eidevall: “I don’t look that far ahead [to Sunday],” said the Arsenal manager yesterday. “I have massive respect for Tottenham. We need to focus on winning and if we can do that everything will be on the line on Sunday. We need to do it ourselves tomorrow.
“It is a massive game for us, going to the Emirates, it’s a north London derby. Let’s focus on that, if we don’t win then it’s all over and Sunday doesn’t matter. We need to do something tomorrow.
“I always say ‘it’s a derby so it is filled with emotions’. It is two very different teams. Both have been performing well in the season.
“For me, that is unrealistic thinking about Sunday now. It is Tottenham. I am so excited to go to the Emirates and play them. First we take that and then we’ll think about West Ham.”
Midfielder and long-term absentee Kit Graham remains sidelined with a ruptured cruciate injury, while Viktoria Schnaderbeck can’t play for Tottenham tonight as she is on loan from Arsenal and the terms of her contract forbid it.
Jordan Nobbs will not feature tonight or at the weekend, after being ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury that prompted her to leave the field in tears of frustration following Arsenal’s most recent win over Aston Villa. Having missed out on the last World Cup through a knee injury, her place in the England squad for this summer’s Euros now appears in doubt. We wish her all the very best in her recovery from her.
Versatile Brazilian Rafaelle could feature tonight having been sidelined since March, while Japanese winger Mana Iwabuchi could return after sitting out her side’s weekend win over Villa with an injury.
Elsewhere tonight: Manchester City host Birmingham in tonight’s other WSL fixture, which kicks off at 7pm (BST). birmingham have to win to give themselves any hope of overtaking Leicester on the final day of the season and avoiding relegation. We’ll keep you up to date with events as they unfold at the Etihad’s Academy Stadium.
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Tottenham travel to face Arsenal in a rescheduled fixture that was originally due to be played in late March, only to be postponed due to an outbreak of Covid in the visitors’ squad.
Arsenal are the hot favourites, but things have a habit of going out the proverbial window in derbies and a win for Tottenham will guarantee Chelsea the WSL championship. Emma Hayes’s side currently sit four points ahead of Arsenal having played one game more, which means the Gunners need at least a point – but almost certainly a win – tonight to keep things interesting and take the title race to the final day this weekend.
Tottenham can end the season no higher than fifth, their best ever WSL finish, but will be hoping to make the most of their opportunity to chuck a massive spanner in the works of Arsenal’s title tilt. Kick-off at the Emirates Stadium is at 7.15pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism