Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall insists that the Gunners have ‘no fear’ ahead of facing Women’s Champions League holders Barcelona on Tuesday night.
The Gunners travel to Catalonia for matchday one of the brand new Champions League group stage and couldn’t have asked for a more difficult first test.
Barça blew everyone else away last season, including Chelsea in a one-sided final in May. They have strengthened over the summer and have scored 25 goals in their last three domestic games alone.
But Arsenal have also started the new campaign in excellent form, taking maximum points so far in the WSL and enjoying statement wins over title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
Eidevall, who made no secret of his desire to win the Champions League with Arsenal after tasting quarter-final defeat in charge of Rosengard last season, is confident his side can compete.
The Swede explained that Arsenal are motivated by testing themselves against the best.
“We are confident we can compete and that's the mindset we have, to do our best. We know it's a very good team we are playing against but they're human, just like we are,” he said, via Sky Sports.
“I have belief in this team. We have scored not less than three in any game we have played so far, which is quite impressive.
“[Barcelona] is a very good football team but they are also beatable. It's 11 humans against 11 humans. In Sweden we say 'a shovel is a shovel'. And a football game is a football game.
“I'm really looking forward to the challenge, with no fear at all.”