Heather O’Reilly has been speaking about how happy she is to sign on at Arsenal, with the American expected to stay at the club until June.
O’Reilly is one of the biggest names in Women’s football with a host of trophies to her name, including three Olympic Gold medals, one World Cup and one MWSL Championship. A FIFA Puskas nominee in 2011, O’Reilly will bring a wealth of experience to the side, never mind her ability.
“I’m thrilled to be here,” O’Reilly told Arsenal Player. “This is an amazing, amazing club with a history of winning, of doing things the right way, of excellence. So I’m really happy to be here and everybody’s been really welcoming and I am excited to be a Gunner.
“I think in evaluating places that I wanted to be and to play and to spend my time, certainly I wanted to play at the best. Arsenal has proven itself for decades of being a club that has a rich history, that has a tradition of winning.
“I know a lot of players on the women’s side, such as Kelly Smith, that have been here for a long time and I know they have enjoyed their experience with Arsenal. I knew that its reputation was strong and it was a place that I wanted to come and continue my career.”
“I’m really looking forward to the Spring Series,” O’Reilly added. “I think that it’ll be a good experience for me to be able to see each team in the league for one game and of course I can’t wait for the FA Cup to kick off.
“We have a title to regain. So I’m looking forward to that and it’ll just be great for me to see the talent that’s in the league, to see the level, to experience every team in the league in a competitive match will be great.”
O’Reilly will wear the number 17 shirt during her time at the club.