Arsenal’s French goalkeeper, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin spoke with Daily Cannon after Arsenal’s recent win over Brighton & Hove Albion and the 26-year-old revealed the manager has asked for them to come together in the wake of the injury crisis they currently find themselves in.
“At the moment we have a lot of injuries and many of them are unfortunately long-term ones,” Peyraud-Magnin told Daily Cannon reporter, Sylvain Jamet.
“The coach just asked us to be strong together.”
With Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, Tabea Kemme, Viktoria Schnaderbeck, and Danielle Carter already sidelined, the last thing Arsenal need ahead of their Manchester City showdown this weekend is anything to happen to Miedema. Unfortunately, she might have picked up a back problem.
Against Brighton, Joe Montemurro only named Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (26), Ava Kuyken (17), Ruby Grant and Paige Bailey-Gayle (17) on the bench, leaving three slots vacant.
The reason for this has to do with The FA’s rule 8.11.3 that states:
Where registered and subject to Rule 2.4, a maximum of 3 Academy/Reserve
players may be included on a Club’s Team Sheet for each Competition Match.
Arsenal have simply run out of senior players and can’t turn to their youth ranks.
Can you imagine the same sort of thing in the men’s game?
Ahead of this weekend’s game against Manchester City, that could be a potential title- decider, Peyraud-Magnin added, “We are on a positive run of results and hope it will carry on.
“We just need to work hard and be strong together.”