With the FA WSL transfer window now shut, let’s have a look at the business done by Arsenal Women in those three months.
- Vivianne Mediema (FC Bayern)
- Lisa Evans (FC Bayern)
- Jessica Samuelsson (Linkopings)
- Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais)
- Carla Humphrey (Bristol)
- Charlotte Devlin (Millwall Lionesses)
- Chloe Kelly (Everton – loan)
- Fara Williams (Reading)
- Katie McCabe (Glasgow City – loan)
- Sari Van Veenendaal
- Alex Scott
- Louise Quinn
- Danielle Carter
During the summer window, manager Pedro Losa made a few adjustments to the squad. Four young forwards left the club, two of them on loan – Chloe Kelly and Katie McCabe.
Fara Williams also left after a season and a half, where she never justified the hype she got for being a big signing for the club.
Contract extensions were given to Euro winner Sari Van Veenendaal, defenders Alex Scott and Louise Quinn and to forward, Danielle Carter, who was chased by Manchester City.
In came the Euro’s Silver Boot winner, Anna Miedema, who will compete for the lone striker role with Jodie Taylor and Bethany Mead. Scottish winger Lisa Evans also arrived from FC Bayern.
Sweden right-back Jessica Samuelsson, who should soon take over the right-back spot from Alex Scott, signed up. Josephine Henning returned from Olympique Lyonnais after winning the treble.
Development team defender, Taylor Hinds, was promoted to the first-team and will compete for the left-back spot with Emma Mitchell and Dominique Janssen.
Overall, it was quite a busy summer.
The squad should be able to compete for a Champions League place, provided the team hits the ground running from the start. Arsenal’s first two games are tough with Birmingham at home and Man City away.
A repeat of the 2016 season where the team was out of the title race after three games should not happen, otherwise the management team will have to explain why failure seems to happen every year.
But with the Spring Series being a relative success with the team finishing unbeaten, there is reasonable expectation that Arsenal Women could finish in a European place.