Jonas Eidevall knows Arsenal must be ready for Lyon reaction

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall knows his side will need to produce another outstanding performance to get the better of Women’s Champions League holders Lyon and book their place in the quarter-finals.

The Gunners made a spectacular start to their European campaign by thrashing Lyon 5-1 in the first leg in October.

Lyon have won their last two Champions League matches to sit second in Group C, three points behind Arsenal, but lost to domestic rivals Paris St Germain on Sunday.

Eidevall admits there can be a sense of complacency as Arsenal aim to progress, with a draw at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night enough to put them in the last eight with one game to spare.

“It was a very good performance (5-1 win), but we also scored at very good times in the game, everything lined up that night,” said the Swede.

“It was nice to be a part of it, but we can’t really stick to it forever, so it’s a new performance tomorrow and we have to be ready for that.

“We know we can reach qualification, we can win the group tomorrow and that’s huge for us. We’ll do our best to try to achieve that.”

Eidevall is full of respect for what Lyon, eight-time winners of the elite European tournament, have achieved.

“They were the first to invest in women’s football on a truly professional level,” he said.

“They were the club that set the standards for everyone else and are the reigning European champions.

“We have the greatest respect for their history and for their team. We know it’s going to take incredible performance for us to get the result we like.

Gunners captain Kim Little has returned to training with a knee problem but it’s safe, while striker Lina Hurtig is expected to be available following her recent injury layoff.

Arsenal defender Steph Catley maintains the players will be fully prepared to face a Lyon side to make amends for the October defeat.

“They are another incredible team and I can’t imagine they would let this (result) happen so easily, so they are ready for anything,” said the Australian.

“They are the gold standard – winning something like the Champions League which (shows) constantly that they are doing something right.

“Lyon always recruit incredible players, they form a team and are very, very difficult to beat.

“They’re one of those teams that, when they’re not having a good night, always find a way to win.”

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