There is a lot of internet chatter indicating a new goalkeeper is on her way to Arsenal Women, which is a shame because we have two excellent goalkeepers at the club at the moment.
First, there was this piece in early June from Rich Laverty:“Arsenal are also expecting to be in the market for a new goalkeeper with current number two Anna Moorhouse likely on the move while Bristol City is waiting to hear if Sophie Baggaley will stay at the club.”
Then, a cryptic tweet from the Eurosport journalist, Romain Balland:
Among the six people who liked that tweet was a partner at the AV Sports agency, who recently signed a goalkeeper:
They also tweeted that the player was going to leave the D1 Feminine to play abroad:
Olympique Lyonnais, the current Women Champions League holders have confirmed Peyraud-Magnin has left the club after one season as Sarah Bouhaddi’s back up.
She is 26-years-old and has been capped by France at u17, u19, u20 and B team level.
She did all her youth training at Lyon, staying there nine years from aged 13 to 22. Then, Peyraud-Magnin moved on in search of first-team football as Sarah Bouhaddi was, and still is, the undisputed number one there.
Peyraud-Magnin played one season at Issy Les Moulineaux before moving to St Etienne and moved on again, to Marseille, a year later where she was superb in their initial season in the D1 Feminine.That prompted a call from Lyon for her to come back as Bouhaddi’s understudy.
Should she sign for Arsenal, she would be an excellent choice to replace Anna Moorhouse. She would, however, need time to adapt to the English game, especially the charging and fouling on goalkeepers which is common and allowed in the FA WSL but not accepted on the continent.