Arsenal Women have signed Swedish striker Stina Blackstenius and Austrian defender Laura Wienroither.
Blackstenius – who will wear the No.25 shirt – joins as a free agent after leaving Swedish club BK Hacken, while Wienroither – who will wear the No.26 shirt – signs from Hoffenheim.
Blackstenius was part of the Swedish team that won silver at the Tokyo Olympics last summer and at the 2016 Games in Rio, while she also helped her country beat England in the play-offs for the third/fourth place at the 2019 World Cup.
The 25-year-old – who was wanted by several clubs, including Manchester United – won two Swedish titles and three Swedish cups, while she was also Sweden’s top scorer last year.
Blackstenius told Arsenal’s website: “It’s amazing to be here. I’m so happy to join such a big and great club like Arsenal.
“I had a very good first impression of this club. They play very good football and I wanted to be a part of it. I feel I can become a better player in this environment.”
Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal’s head coach, expressed his delight at Blackstenius’ arrival saying: “He is a world-class talent who will add even more quality to our team.
“Her game is well suited to the style we are implementing here at Arsenal and I am confident she will take her game to an even higher level here with us.”
Eidevall was equally enthusiastic about Wienroither’s arrival, saying: “It’s great news that we have signed Laura.
“We have been very impressed with her defensive performances this season, both at club and international level, and we believe she can make a big contribution here at Arsenal.”
Wienroither – who has 12 caps for Austria – told the Arsenal website: “It’s an incredible feeling for me. I’m really happy to be here and to have the opportunity and I can’t wait. to be with the team.
“When I first heard about Arsenal’s interest I couldn’t believe it, and I still can’t believe it!”
Arsenal vs Reading postponed to WSL
Arsenal’s Women’s Super League (WSL) match on Sunday has been postponed after a request from Reading due to Covid-19 cases and injuries.
The WSL schedule has been disrupted by a second postponement this weekend after Everton were canceled against Chelsea on Friday.
New signing Stina Blackstenius was due to make his debut for Arsenal, who now have to wait to get their WSL campaign back on track after suffering a shock loss to Birmingham on Sunday.
A statement from the north London club read: “We can confirm that Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League game against Reading has been postponed after the Football Association approved a request from Reading.”
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