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Arsenal wanted Maanum to become 'champion' after the collapse

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Arsenal wanted Maanum to become 'champion' after the collapse
Arsenal's Frida Maanum in action against Chelsea before falling ill
Frida Maanum in action against Chelsea before she became ill

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall said his team wanted to make Frida Maanum “a champion” after she collapsed on the pitch during the Continental Cup final.

Play was halted for seven minutes when the Norwegian midfielder went off the ball in the Gunners' 1-0 extra-time win against Chelsea.

Maanum received medical treatment before being taken away on a stretcher.

She did not need to go to hospital and traveled home with her Arsenal teammates.

Arsenal previously said she was in a “stable condition” with Eidevall speaking to the 24-year-old after the match.

The Gunners boss said it was “very scary” when Maanum collapsed, adding: “Immediately after the game we don't care about winning, we care about Frida – that's the most important thing.

“But we couldn't do anything to control that situation. We could concentrate on football and we wanted to make Frida a champion.”

The Eidevall and Arsenal players quickly signaled for the medical staff when they saw Maanum lying on the ground, while Stina Blackstenius and Katie McCabe rushed to her side.

Both groups of players remained on the pitch while Maanum was given oxygen via a mask before being carried through the tunnel at Molineux.

Alessia Russo came on to replace the midfielder and play resumed in the 14th extra minute with the score at 0–0.

“Frida Maanum is conscious, talking and in a stable condition. She will be closely monitored by our medical team,” Arsenal said.

Eidevall's side won the final 1–0, with Blackstenius scoring the winner in the 26th minute of extra time.

Arsenal Manager Jonas Eidevall talks to the team as Arsenal's Frida Maanum (not pictured) receives medical treatment
Players remained on the field while Maanum received medical attention

Russo told BBC Sport: “It's devastating to see one of your teammates go down like this. We all wish and pray that she does well.

“I think it was written in the stars that her best mate was going to score the winner for her.

“Frida is a huge player and plays with every part of her body. She did that today. We just hope she does well.”

Maanum joined Arsenal from Swedish side Linköping in 2021 and has since scored 14 goals in 60 appearances in the Women's Super League.

Competition winner Blackstenius expressed his concern, saying: “It's always very difficult. She is a teammate and a friend to all of us. We care about her so much.

“You get a little worried when things like this happen. We said we wanted to do this for her, to get this win for her, because she couldn't be with us at that moment.”

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