Hayes' conduct after cup final was 'irresponsible' - Eidevall

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall has branded Emma Hayes' conduct after the Conti Cup final as "irresponsible."

In the aftermath of the final, Hayes accused Eidevall of "male aggression" after an altercation with Chelsea midfielder Erin Cuthbert and said Eidevall fronted up to players -- an action she deemed "unacceptable." Hayes also shoved the Swedish manager after the final whistle when he approached her to shake hands.

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"I thought the comments that I heard after the game were very irresponsible and they were not mirroring the conduct that I had in the technical area. That I thought was irresponsible," Eidevall told a news conference on Friday.

"I think when you make comments about another person, you have to take into consideration what effects that can have.

"Especially when you're a leader, you need to be very good with your words, you need to understand the consequences of both your actions and your language."

The Arsenal boss, who joined the club in 2021 and signed a three year contract extension at the start of the season, has previously come under fire for his behaviour on the touchline by Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor.

He was handed a yellow card during the final for leaving the technical area to celebrate Stina Blackstenius' winner and will be banned from the touchline for Arsenal's clash against Bristol City on Sunday.

Eidevall insisted that he was happy with his behaviour and that the incidents were all captured on recording, saving his reputation.

"Emotions are, of course, high in football. There are two really competitive teams, and they want to win, and sometimes one team tries to stretch the rules, and that's fine. That's what we have the referees for, and they were also doing a very good job in the situation and making sure that we were we're staying to their agreed rules, so from my perspective, I wouldn't change anything," he said.

"Maybe I'm lucky in that situation, that everything I do is recorded. So, for me, it's not my opinion or someone else's opinion; everything is on video, and everything is recorded.

"I need to be accountable for my actions, and that's what I can take responsibility for. And in these situations here, I am accountable for that. I'm very happy with the way I conduct myself, and I wouldn't do anything differently if I could redo it again."

Meanwhile, Frida Maanum will be unavailable for Arsenal's upcoming clash with Bristol after collapsing in stoppage time of the Conti Cup final. The club confirmed that "no cardiac issues" were found following extensive tests and she travelled back with the team and did not need to go to hospital.

Maanum did not report to international duty with Norway, remaining at the club for monitoring and Eidevall said he is hopeful that she could be in contention for the visit of Leicester City on April 21.

"Everything is looking good and that's the most important thing. She's on a graduated monitored protocol here now to return to play. She will not be available for selection for Sunday but after that it looks promising for her to be available to play," he said.

"I can assure you that the support around Frida has been phenomenal. The monitoring and the protocols and the testing have been on the highest of standards in order to ensure both her mental health and well-being but also to ensure a really safe protocol in return to play."