What are Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for UEFA Women’s Champions League next season?

CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: The Arsenal Women Head Coach, Jonas Eidevall looks on prior to the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Brighton & Hove Albion Women and Arsenal Women at The People's Pension Stadium on March 13, 2022 in Crawley, England. (Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

What are Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for UEFA Women’s Champions League next season? by Michelle

Arsenal Women’s chances to qualify for next season’s Champions League took a hit after losing 2-1 to Manchester City last weekend. Arsenal are now 4th in the WSL standings, a position that keeps them out of the Champions League slots.

The Gunners have struggled in the league since the turn of the year, dropping seven points in a row after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, a goalless draw with West Ham, and a 2-1 loss to Manchester City. These 7 points, if not dropped, would have left the Gunners with 33 points, a tally that would have put them at the top of the WSL table..

All in all, when the WSL resumes and Arsenal host Liverpool on March 8th, Jonas Eidevall needs to have come up with a plan to get back to winning ways in the league. The Gunners need to score more goals, even with no reliable goal source, as the Arsenal boss has admitted: “There is not one player that is going to step up and give us all the goals that Miedema and Mead was doing – as a collective we can find ways of scoring goals.”

Arsenal need to go back to controlling games and avoiding playing under pressure; about that, Eidevall said on Sky Sports, after the City League loss, “But that is my responsibility, to find out how we can position earlier and take up better positions and play away from pressure and turn that into strength.”

With a game in hand over Manchester United (who are 6 points ahead of them) and Man City (who are 3 points ahead of them), Arsenal may struggle to win the WSL title they last lifted in 2019, but they could still find themselves in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League if they can sort themselves out.

What do you think? Surely this is just a January slump for our Gunners? They’ll get their form back soon surely? Or will they? Without Eidevall’s prolific goalscorer who’s going to step up and bring up Arsenal’s scoresheet?

Michelle Maxwell

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