Tobin Heathis now an Arsenal player, meaning there will be a lot of competition for attacking places at the club, so who should start?
Arsenal announced the arrival of Tobin Heath on Friday and that means the club now has six players vying for three positions: Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead, Caitlin Foord, Tobin Heath, Katie McCabe, and Nikita Parris.
Depth and quality is always welcome but there will be tough choices lie ahead for Jonas Eidevall.
Arsenal plays with three players up front, in general – two wingers and one striker. I think there is no doubt who is the number one striker at Arsenal, it is of course Vivianne Miedema. Her back-up, who is also talented, is Caitlin Foord as seen against Slavia in midweek and over the last season and half, when she has been fantastic. Foord can also play on either wing, if needed.
So, we have four players fighting for two spots on the wing. With her current form over the last two seasons, Katie McCabe should be the number one choice, as her performances have been stratospheric. She is such a quality player, strong technically, powerful and extremely intelligent, too.
Then, the second choice winger for me should be between Beth Mead and Tobin Heath. They have different qualities, with Mead more of a direct player and also a natural goalscorer from her previous life as a striker.
Heath is a winger playmaker with fantastic technical skills.
Having those two add tactical flexibility to the squad for the manager, who can select profiles depending on the opponent.
For me, the fourth choice should be Nikita Parris. I think she is an excellent squad player who can start games and come on as a regular sub. I don’t think she is not as good as the other three wingers. Obviously, the club and the coaching staff disagree on this because they paid €80,000 for her, and you don’t pay that kind of money for a rotation player.
So, Parris is likely to be the second winger alongside Katie McCabe. The Arsenal manager, therefore, will have a lot of players at his disposal and depth in quality is always welcome.
Eidevall can therefore select the following players from the squad and we can see there is depth everywhere except in midfield. Players in italic are currently injured.
GK: Zinsberger, Williams
RB Maritz, Patten
CB Williamson, Wubben-Moy, Schnaderbeck
CB Beattie, Boye- Sørensen
DM Maanum, Wälti, Gut
CM Little, Nobbs
RW Mead, Heath
CF Miedema, Foord
LW McCabe, Parris
As the FA WSL starts this weekend, let’s hope for a successful campaign.
It will be very competitive as five teams (Chelsea, City, Arsenal, United and Everton) will be competing for the three Champions League places.
Arsenal sign Tobin Heath
Arsenal announced the signing of Tobin Heath on a free transfer. The 33-year-old two-time World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist has signed a two-year contract with the Gunners.
About the signing, Arsenal women’s boss, Jonas Eidevall, said, “Tobin’s record speaks for itself. She’s an incredibly talented player who will bring so much experience to our squad. This is an exciting time for the club, and I’m delighted we could secure Tobin’s signing as we prepare to kick off the new season at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.”