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Arsenal Women player collapses on pitch during cup final

Monday, April 1, 2024

Arsenal Women player collapses on pitch during cup final
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There were worrying scenes during the Women's Conti Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on Sunday when Frida Maanum collapsed off the ball and needed oxygen.

During the final moments of the game at Molineux with the score 0-0, there was concern around the ground as Maanum went down off the ball.

The Arsenal medical team initially rushed on to the pitch to attend to the 24-year-old whilst the game was brought to halt.

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A stretcher was called for whilst blankets were held up around Maanum as she continued to receive medical attention on the pitch for several minutes.

Meanwhile, her concerned team-mates huddled in a circle with manager Jonas Eidevall.
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The Norweigan was then stretchered off by paramedics, receiving oxygen as she was carted off the pitch to applause from the crowd.

There was some joy for Arsenal later though when Stina Blackstenius' goal earned them a 1-0 victory.

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Eidevall later confirmed that he has spoken to Maanum, who will travel back to London with the team.

Of course, it looks very scary when Frida goes down. It's very easy to have the focus and emotions drawn at that point.

But the reality is we have an excellent medical team, and they're going to look after that situation and we need to focus on football, and we were able to do that.

The first thing after the game, we don't care about winning we care about how is it with Frida? And so happy that she's doing well. That's much more important than this.

But in that moment, we need to stay task orientated, and there's nothing we can do to control that situation, but we can control our football. That's what we needed to do, and that's what Frida wanted us to do as well, to make her a champion.

I've been able to have a conversation with her but not from a medical perspective, just with checking in with her, how she is doing, telling her that we won, and understanding a little bit about what the next steps are.

Maanum has been a key player for the Gunners throughout the last three seasons since joining from Swedish outfit Linkoping FC, making over 100 appearances in all competitions.

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