“We’re delighted to announce Jonas Eidevall will be joining the club as the new head coach of our women’s team.
Jonas joins us from Swedish side Rosengard after helping the Malmo-based club reach the quarter-finals of last season’s Women’s Champions League.
The 38-year-old took his first steps into management as a 23-year-old assistant coach at men’s side Lunds BK, before taking the head-coach role three-and-a-half years later and guiding them to the 2009 second-division title.
A switch to women’s football followed when he joined Rosengard, first as an assistant and then as the head coach, achieving back-to-back Damallsvenskan titles in 2013 and 2014.
The Swede then spent a brief spell as Henrik Larsson’s assistant at Helsingborgs, before returning to Rosengard and leading them to the 2018 Swedish Cup and their first league title in four years in 2019.
Jonas said: “I feel honoured to be taking this role. Arsenal have a rich history, more successful than any other women’s team in England. I want to add to these honours. It’s super important that we win, and we will be very ambitious about that, but it’s even more important that we live the values and defend the club badge on a day-to-day basis. I cannot wait to do that at Arsenal.”
Our chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, added: “Jonas was the standout candidate of everybody that we considered for this role and we think he’s going to be a great fit to be the head coach of Arsenal Women. It was important that we found the right person to represent our club, both on the pitch and off the pitch.
“As for his coaching style, he will bring the style of football that Arsenal fans want to see. He’s someone who likes to play on the front foot, high-tempo, attractive, attacking football. The thing that really came out in all of our interactions with Jonas is how much he wanted to join Arsenal and his desire to be part of this club, his desire to be part of our future and to help us deliver our ambitions going forward. So we’re delighted that he’s joining us.”
Everyone at Arsenal would like to welcome Jonas to the club.”
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