Mace on loan playing against Arsenal a ‘win-win’ for all parties involved, says Montemurro
The Gunners boss has no issues with the teenager lined up against her parent club with Birmingham City this weekend
Ruby Mace playing against Arsenal is a “win-win” for all parties involved, according to Joe Montemurro, who wants her to gain as much “valuable experience” as possible on loan.
Mace will prepare to face his parent club with Birmingham City in a Women’s Super League clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues caught the 17-year-old as a double signing in January as she also remains on the Gunners’ academy, and Montemurro can’t wait to see how she performs against her side.
What was said?
“I know there is a sort of ethical agreement from the coaches that they are not playing against the team they were loaned to,” Montemurro said at a pre-match press conference.
“It wasn’t really a difficult decision for me, Ruby is on loan for a purpose, she is on loan to save time and play against the best possible teams.
“She will gain valuable experience playing against us, so from my perspective it’s a win-win situation for all of us. She gets the football minutes and more importantly she gets that development that we need to bring her back.
Mace’s rapid rise to power
Mace didn’t start playing for Arsenal until September last year, making his debut in a 4-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Tottenham off the bench.
The teenager also made six appearances in all competitions for Montemurro’s side in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign before being loaned to Birmingham.
She has played three games for the Blues so far, including an unfortunate 4-0 home loss to Manchester City last week, and will likely have another start against Arsenal.
The big picture
Mace started at Arsenal in a midfielder role, but was transferred to the center of defense in Birmingham under Carla Ward.
Montemurro believes playing at the back will help him develop his skills in the middle of the park with a view to returning to Arsenal as a more complete all-rounder.
“It was quite interesting because when we were approached, or when we were looking at Birmingham, they were looking for a center-half and we know she had played there with the Junior National Team, so she’s very, very comfortable in this area. position, ”he added.
“We still see her in the role of a midfielder, but I think the type of midfielder that she is, she will probably be more creative, structural and building the kind of midfielder. For her, playing and taking on that responsibility as a central defender in Birmingham suits us perfectly.
“From my point of view, she’s going to be placed in positions where she’s going to be under pressure and that’s valuable to us and we think she will mature really, very quickly playing that position.