Arsenal boss dismisses Hayes factor with team "hungry" for Chelsea result

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Jonas Eidevall spoke to the media ahead of Arsenal's mammoth WSL clash with Chelsea this weekend.

Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall has dismissed the suggestions that the dynamic of the WSL title race will change this season due to Emma Hayes departure from Chelsea at the end of the campaign.

The Gunners face Chelsea this Sunday at the Emirates in a crunch clash that could have big ramifications on the title race and many have suggested this season being Hayes' will add extra incentive to the Blues.

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"It is still two teams that wants to win. Even if something else is going to happen in the summer, like I said, the future - we can do very little about that," explained the Swedish boss.

"I have no idea what is going to happen in the future, for the world in general. We have to be here and now and play on Sunday. I think that they (Chelsea) have been highly motivated before that, and we are highly motivated as well, so I don't think you can add any more. They have a really good dynamic oh the pitch. They have really developed they way they sustain attacks and they have many different ways on how they can score goals.

"You saw a team that was maybe more dependant on a few individual players two and a half seasons ago but you see the number of different line ups that they have been playing this season and still being able to have a high consistent and high levels in their performance - this is really impressive.

Forward Beth Mead has been in fine form since her return from an ACL injury and capped her international comeback with a goal in England's 6-0 win over Scotland on Tuesday. The Lionesses star has an impressive record against Chelsea but Eidevall insisted the game won't be won by just one player.

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"Both Beth and the rest of the team are really hungry. Of course, we look forward to this game. We really look forward to going out at the Emirates and playing in front of all our supporters, making the the most the occasion and really try to show how well we can play as a team. We are really motivated" said Eidevall.

The Swede will have almost a full squad to choose from, though he admits the game will come too soon for Swedish midfielder Lina Hurtig.

"Lina had to go home early after picking up an injury against Switzerland (during international camp) but apart from that everyone is in and training today" added the Gunners boss.

Arsenal face Chelsea this Sunday with kick off scheduled at 12.30pm. The game will be screened live on BBC Two.

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