Women's League Cup final: Arsenal beat Chelsea to silverware - what next for Gunners?

Jonas Eidevall claps as Arsenal enjoy their trophy win

In the days following a Continental Cup triumph that had incident, drama and shocking moments, Arsenal will be left to wonder and plot out what comes next.

The immediate fallout from the final, settled by Stina Blackstenius' 116th-minute winner, was dominated by two stories of polar opposite emotions.

Firstly, the terrifying on-pitch collapse in second-half stoppage time of Arsenal midfielder Frida Maanum. The Norwegian required extensive treatment on the pitch and left the Molineux field on a stretcher, wearing an oxygen mask.

Arsenal confirmed Maanum is stable, and manager Jonas Eidevall said he had spoken with his player and she would travel back to London with the team.

The other story came after Eidevall and Chelsea boss Emma Hayes clashed at the full-time whistle, Hayes pushing her opposite number's chest and accusing him of "male aggression".

It came, according to Eidevall, after he complained about Chelsea asking for another ball to take a throw-in quickly late on, despite the one-ball system being agreed by the two teams - which led to him and midfielder Erin Cuthbert exchanging words.

Yet when the dust settles, the key long-term matter for Arsenal to consider is how they might deliver under pressure, as they did in Wolverhampton, on a consistent basis.

Last season, Arsenal finished third in the Women's Super League and won the League Cup. In this campaign, barring an unlikely title charge or a collapse to drop behind Manchester United or Liverpool, they will have the same outcome.

Of course for most clubs, a major trophy and Champions League qualification would represent a magnificent season. But Arsenal are not most clubs.

They are the most successful team in modern English women's football history and have now won the League Cup a record-extending seven times - Blackstenius' strike was their 200th goal in the competition's history.

They remain the only team to have won the quadruple - Vic Akers' class of 2007 will not he matched by Chelsea this season.

'The tip of the iceberg'

So, is third and a League Cup, two seasons in a row, really good enough for Arsenal?

Eidevall is looking for improvement.

"It comes with the job," Eidevall told BBC Sport. "When you coach certain clubs, they expect to win something and that's not only Arsenal.

"The hard thing is that there are a number of clubs that sort of expect you to win silverware, but not all clubs can win. So for us doing it now twice in a row, it's good but we want even more."

In his post-match press conference, Eidevall said games like the League Cup final were "the tip of the iceberg".

"I see us day to day heading in the right direction," he said. "Our level of competing with top teams this season has been excellent.

"Consistency is what we need to fix to win in more than one competition."

That lack of consistency means the same Arsenal side who this season won the League Cup - repeating the feat of beating Chelsea in the final last year - also exited the Champions League at the qualification stage at the hands of Paris FC.

The same Gunners who thumped Chelsea 4-1 at Emirates Stadium also lost league games to Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham.

When celebrating wildly with his team at the full-time whistle, Eidevall may have had a thought of what might have happened if Manuela Zinsberger had not made a crucial 90th-minute save from Lauren James, and how Arsenal's season would have been perceived had that gone in.

'One of the hardest situations'

"He knows the history of the club," former Arsenal midfielder Fara Williams said of Eidevall on BBC Two. "He knows how important it is to bring silverware to the club and you saw that in the celebrations.

"He ran half the length of the pitch to the corner flag to celebrate with his team. It obviously means a lot to bring silverware to this club."

To credit Eidevall, it was a fine show of management to focus his players at the start of extra time, just moments after their stricken team-mate Maanum was taken from the pitch.

Eidevall looked to have tears in his eyes as he gave his team talk, but he kept himself together long enough to issue the necessary instructions - and ultimately oversee a victory and trophy success.

Barely two weeks prior to this final, Arsenal were beaten 3-1 in the league away to Chelsea.

"One of the learnings from the league game against Chelsea [was that] we as a group did not cope well in a high-stress environment," Eidevall said. "That was a really important lesson, to own those situations.

"This was one of the hardest situations, it looks very scary when Frida goes down. The reality is that we have a great medical team, we need to focus on playing football."

Arsenal did focus until the 120th minute, and the final whistle was greeted by enormous celebrations.

"To win this for the second year in a row means so much to this club," former England striker Ellen White told BBC Two.

"They've done it for the fans, for Maanum, the team, the staff - for everyone associated with this football club."

A remarkable end to an emotional day for Arsenal - but for Eidevall, the more important work with his team is what comes next.