Joe Montemurro has revealed one of the key elements of his Arsenal team’s preparation ahead of their crunch clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.
The North London sides meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for an important Barclays FA Women’s Super League encounter, which could keep the Gunners in the race for the Champions League spots.
And the Australian has said his squad have been concentrating on preparing for set pieces – and the threat from two players in particular.
“Set pieces are an important part of our week,” he told the media ahead of the weekend.
“They’re integrated into every, every game training component or tactical component that we put in, whether we just have a game and start with some corners, and we organise and simulate what the other team is going to do with its attacking and defending so they are an important part of our training stimulus during the week.
“We’re well aware of Alana Kennedy and her ability in the box, and also Siri Worm’s delivery so it’s definitely something of a focus this week to make sure that we’re we’re alert, and understand that they are dangerous on set pieces.”
Last season’s North London derby at the same venue went in Arsenal’s favour, with a 2-0 win, and understandably Montemurro has very fond memories of the occasion, but he is also very well aware that their opponents have made rapid progress under new manager Rehanne Skinner.
“It’s good to get games done, to be honest,” he added. “It’s been great to just get some rhythm of games and now we’re really looking forward to an important day and yeah, I think the actual ‘derby’ is growing.
“I think tomorrow again will be a really important game and we’re playing against a good team – Tottenham are a good team, they’ve got some good players. We’re really looking forward to it, we’re prepared for it.”