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 stage in latest 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 possibility to play a better profile membership within the knockout levels of the competitors.
Manchester United have been initially anticipated to safe Blackstenius’ signature as soon as her contract with Hacken expired on the finish of December. Tottenham and even Chelsea have been believed to be conserving tabs on the scenario, however United missed out as soon as Arsenal’s curiosity turned severe.
“We’re delighted to have signed Stina,” supervisor Jonas Eidevall mentioned when the deal was announced.
“She is a world class expertise who will add much more high quality to our crew. Her sport is well-suited to the fashion we’re implementing right here at Arsenal, and I’m assured that she’s going to take her sport to an excellent increased stage right here with us.”
Provided 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 increase has come at a good time.
Arsenal made a blistering begin to the marketing campaign, catching Chelsea chilly on the opening weekend and occurring to win eight of their opening 9 league video games. However as of now, Eidevall’s crew 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 by which they solely narrowly escaped defeat.
The impression of a truncated pre-season following the Olympics seems to be being felt – Vivianne Miedema has been unnoticed of the crew for relaxation on a number of events, with Leah Williamson’s harm absence on the again has additionally seen some stability misplaced.
Blackstenius’ arrival will present not solely recent high quality and depth up entrance, the place summer season signing Nikita Parris can also be but to hit her former finest since returning to English soccer from France, however increase the morale all through the squad forward of a vital few months forward.