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Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall says Ajax experience ‘very weird’ with small goal incident

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall says Ajax experience ‘very weird’ with small goal incident
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Arsenal Women’s Champions League win over Ajax on Wednesday night was overshadowed by bizarre scenes ahead of kick-off when the goalposts were found to be too small.

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall dubbed the scenes « very weird » after the goalposts were adjusted ahead of kick-off after being deemed 10 centimeters below the appropriate limit.

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And there was more controversy when Eidevall was misinformed on concussion protocols, leaving Arsenal to defend their 1-0 lead with 10 players on the field after Beth Mead’s enforced removal.

« It’s been a very weird experience being here, » Eidevall said.

« Playing against a big club like Ajax where we had to measure the goals before the start of the game… I have never experienced anything like it to be honest.

« It’s very weird but we can only control the things we can control. »

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When Mead’s head clash forced her off the field, Arsenal were denied a concussion substitution, despite Eidevall originally being told he would have one.

« There is no doubt that Beth Mead needs to be taken off, » Eidevall said.

« The problem I have is that I asked the fourth official if we could do a concussion substitute and she says ‘yes’.

« We were preparing Lina Hurtig [to come on] then when we are going to do it she says ‘no’. We were getting her ready for two or three minutes.

« We would have spent that time speaking to the players about how we could defend with 10 players. That misinformation from the referee — I honestly don’t know why and how that could be. It’s such a simple question to answer yes or no . »

Arsenal won the match 1-0 to advance to the Women’s Champions League group stage with a 3-2 aggregate victory and will play their group stage matches at the Emirates Stadium.

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