Arsenal have accomplished the signing of Sweden worldwide ahead Stina Blackstenius and it comes at a vital time for the Gunners forward of the second half of the WSL and Champions League season.
Blackstenius is a World Cup bronze medallist and two-time Olympic silver medallist, whereas she has confirmed herself at membership degree in current seasons with Linkopings, Montpellier and Hacken.
The 25-year-old performed with the latter within the Champions League group stage earlier this season and now has the prospect to play a better profile membership within the knockout phases of the competitors.
Manchester United had been initially anticipated to safe Blackstenius’ signature as soon as her contract with Hacken expired on the finish of December. Tottenham and even Chelsea had been believed to be protecting tabs on the state of affairs, however United missed out as soon as Arsenal’s curiosity turned critical.
“We’re delighted to have signed Stina,” supervisor Jonas Eidevall mentioned when the deal was introduced.
“She is a world class expertise who will add much more high quality to our group. Her recreation is well-suited to the type we’re implementing right here at Arsenal, and I’m assured that she’s going to take her recreation to an excellent larger degree right here with us.”
On condition that the Gunners, who nonetheless have an opportunity to compete for 4 trophies in 2022, started to battle and falter in November and December, the enhance has come at a good time.
Arsenal made a blistering begin to the marketing campaign, catching Chelsea chilly on the opening weekend and happening to win eight of their opening 9 league video games. However as of now, Eidevall’s group have misplaced 4 of their final 5 video games in all competitions since and first began to indicate indicators of weak spot in a north London derby two months in the past through which they solely narrowly escaped defeat.
The influence of a truncated pre-season following the Olympics seems to be being felt – Vivianne Miedema has been neglected of the group for relaxation on a number of events, with Leah Williamson’s damage absence on the again has additionally seen some stability misplaced.
Blackstenius’ arrival will present not solely contemporary high quality and depth up entrance, the place summer time signing Nikita Parris can also be but to hit her former finest since returning to English soccer from France, however enhance the morale all through the squad forward of a vital few months forward.
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