A Champions League quarter-final place is at stake but, in the knowledge that Arsenal beat Slavia Prague in the away leg 5-2, manager Joe Montemurro says he will rest players as next week’s international break approaches.
Ahead of England’s friendly against the Czech Republic on November 12, Arsenal’s last 16 Champions League tie against Slavia Prague on Thursday night will also be a chance for Jordan Nobbs, Beth Mead and Leah Williamson to play against some of the Czech internationals.
“We’re just giving players a bit of rest because they’re coming into an international week,” said Montemurro. “A lot of them are going to be involved in their international teams so we’re just trying to freshen up the squad and keep everyone ticking over, so we will make a couple of changes.”
Should they choose to use her, Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, who scored four goals against Slavia Prague in the first leg and has netted an impressive seven goals in Arsenal’s three Champions League games this season, is back in full training after taking time off last week because of a calf strain.
Arsenal, who are back in the Champions League for the first time in five years, come into the tie off the back of a 1-0 win over last season’s FA Cup and Continental Cup winners, Manchester City. The Gunners have only lost one of their last 11 games. Slavia Prague, who have reached the Champions League quarter finals three times, sit at the top of the Czech First Division, but are used to a less competitive league than the Women’s Super League, as they already have a 61 point goal difference after just 9 games.
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