Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro Reading Women v Arsenal Women, WSL football match, Adams Park Stadium, High Wycombe, UK - 08 Dec 2019 Photo: Alan Walter for The FA

Arsenal head coach temporarily absent due to family reasons

Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro has temporarily returned to his native Australia due to family reasons according to a statement released by The Gunners on their official website this afternoon.

The club are set to take on North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at Meadow Park on Sunday but head coach Montemurro is not expected to be in the dugout for the match.

It has been revealed that Montemurro has had to return home to attend to family matters and further updates will be provided by the club in due course.

An official statement released by Arsenal this afternoon read: ‘Arsenal Women head coach Joe Montemurro has temporarily returned to Australia due to family reasons.

Assistant coaches Aaron D’Antino and Leanne Hall will be taking the management of the team while Joe is in Australia.

Everyone at the club wishes Joe all the best and looks forward to his return.’

Montemurro joined Arsenal in 2017, replacing former Gunners boss Pedro Martinez Losa. The 50-year-old has guided the club to an FA Women’s Super League title in 2019, their first in seven years, while they have appeared in four domestic cup finals, winning the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in 2018.

Arsenal were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup final at The City ground in Nottingham 11 days ago.

The FA Women’s Super League Full-Time team send our wishes to Joe and his family.

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