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Joe Montemurro takes over at Arsenal with pledge to maintain tradition | Suzanne Wrack

Australian coach admits it feels ‘surreal’ to be in charge of Arsenal Women but says he will uphold club’s reputation for attractive football

The Arsenal Invincibles’ unbeaten season will probably never be replicated. Arsène Wenger’s 2003-04 side sealed their place in history when Patrick Vieira scored against Leicester City to ensure the achievement was completed with a win. So it is perhaps apt that Arsenal have looked to another manager who has presided over an invincible season to turn around the fortunes of their women’s side.

Pedro Martínez Losa’s abrupt departure one month into a stuttering new campaign despite strong recruitment came after a disappointing tenure. In Losa’s three years he won the 2015 Continental Cup (League Cup) and the FA Cup final against Chelsea in 2016 but failed to keep the club in contention in the league.

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