Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro was ‘relieved’ at the WSL season ending

Montemurro says ending the season was the right thing to do
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Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro has said he was a ’little relieved’ when it was announced the Women’s Super League was cancelled.

The decision was revealed by the Football Association on May 25 and next season is scheduled to begin on September 27.

Montemurro said: "It was a little expected, and I was a little bit relieved too. 

"We needed a decision and we needed to put closure on where we were heading for a lot of reasons and anxiety problems, but also to make sure that we can plan and prepare accordingly. 

“I think it’s the right decision and I think that now we have closure, we can all move on and prepare.”

The Gunners’ boss added the break from football could be beneficial for his players.

"It’s crucial because it’s like a pressure valve that’s finally been taken off! They can now re-calibrate, re-connect with family and enjoy some quality time with their friends once guidelines permit. 

"It’s been so valuable for them to really connect with others and gain a better understanding of being themselves again, because after constantly being in high-pressure situations, you’re almost always on guard and aware of how you’re coming across in the media and on the pitch.

"Just to take that pressure valve off is really, really important and for a lot of them this time off will prove to be a real god send.”

Arsenal were in third position in the WSL table when it was suspended and final placings in the league are yet to be decided.

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