The former Arsenal Women manager Pedro Losa implemented many squad changes throughout the years. Some were quality performers, while others disappointed.

Back in 2014 when Pedro Losa took over the Arsenal Ladies following Shelley Kerr’s departure and few months’ interim by John Bayer and Kelly Smith, he inherited an unbalanced squad that had lost many of its long-serving and senior players.

During his first transfer window, Pedro Losa signed five players and let five players go .

Jemma Rose is still at the club, Natalia Sanchon and Vicky Losada end up being significant signings, while Lianne Sanderson and Chioma Ubogagu quickly went back to the USA.

Lianne Sanderson
England’s forward Lianne Sanderson reacts during a Group F match at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup between England and Mexico at Moncton Stadium, New Brunswick on June 13, 2015. Picture: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Three Shelley Kerr signings departed, as well as long-serving player Niamh Fahey who joined the big ex-Arsenal contingent at Chelsea Ladies. Young forward Freda Ayisi left in search of playing time.

  • In: Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Jemma Rose (Bristol), Natalia Sanchon (Bristol), Vicky Losada (FC Barcelona), Chioma Ubobagu (Stanford)
  • Out: Niamh Fahey (Chelsea Ladies), Yukari Kinga (INAC Kobe), Shinobu Ohno (INAC Kobe), Christie Murray (Bristol), Freda Ayisi (Birmingham)

For his second window (summer of 2015) Losa signed four players and let three go.

Young goalkeeper Sian Rogers was prized away from Birmingham, but ended up never getting a first-team chance before leaving this summer for Aston Villa.

Another Spanish player came in Marta Corredera who was used as an utility player during her Arsenal career and was very useful.

Two Dutch players also arrived Sari Van Veenendaal in goal and versatile defender/midfielder Dominique Janssen. Both have been a success so far with many good performances.

Sari Van Veenendaal
Sari Van Veenendaal

Caroline Weir, Lianne Sanderson and Siobhan Chamberlain (on loan) left during that summer.

  • In: Sian Rogers (Birmingham City), Marta Corredera (FC Barcelona), Sari Van Veenendal (FC Twente), Dominique Janssen (Essen)
  • Out: Caroline Weir (Bristol Academy), Siobhan Chamberlain (Notts County- loan), Lianne Sanderson

For his third transfer window, there were many big signings as the club tried to reignite the glory years and solve the problems that cost the team the title in 2015 – a lack of depth in the squad.

In came Dutch playmaker Danielle Van De Donk, who is still around and doing well, although her tendency to dive from time to time is not always welcomed.

Forward Jodie Taylor was injured a long time before making a name at Arsenal, but has been quite efficient when available to play.

Katie McCabe is a young left-footed winger with pace and ability, but was recently sent on loan to Glasgow, so the jury is still out.

The experienced German defender also joined, left in January 2017 to Lyon for six months won a treble and came back.

Losa also signed two players who absolutely bombed despite being hailed as big signings.

fara williams
Fara Williams of England in action during the UEFA Women’s European Championship Qualifier match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and England at FF BIH Football Training Centre on April 12, 2016 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Asisat Oshoala seem to lack effort at times and was not the best teammate in the dressing room, while Fara Williams rarely offered glimpse of her talent, although her personal problems offer a plausible explanation for her lack of form.

Siobhan Chamberlain left on a permanent deal as she could not dislodge Emma Byrne from the number one spot.

Chioma Ubogagu went home to Texas after an excellent season at the club, being decisive many times on the left-wing.

Veteran Rachel Yankey was sent on deadline day on loan to Notts County and never played again for the club, while two youngsters departed in Carla Humphrey (on loan to Doncaster Belles) and Jade Bailey, who had been at the club for nearly a decade.

  • In: Siobhan Chamberlain (Notts County – end of loan), Danielle Van De Donk (Koppabergs Goteborg), Jodie Taylor (Portland), Katie McCabe (Shelbourne FC), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Josephine Henning (PSG), Asisat Oshoala (Liverpool)
  • Out: Hollie Augustus ( Lewes Ladies – loan), Chioma Ubogagu ( Houston Dash) , Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jade Bailey (Chelsea), (Carla Humphrey) (Doncaster Belles- loan), Rachel Yankey ( Notts County – loan)

The following summer was Losa’s fourth transfer window and nothing major happened.

rachel yankey

Two youngsters departed – Chloe Kelly on loan to Everton and Georgia Allen moving to study in the USA.

Rachel Yankey came back from her loan but was never given a chance for an unknown reason.

  • In: Rachel Yankey (Notts – end of loan)
  • Out: Georgia Allen ( ETSU), Chloe Kelly ( Everton Ladies – loan)

In his fifth transfer window prior to the Spring Series, Losa made a whole load of changes , with big names coming and going.

Two big names came from the NWSL – Kim Little returning to the club for an alleged £100k-a-year wage and Heather O’Reilly, a USWNT multi-medallist, also joined.

Two young and promising players joined in goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse and striker Bethany Mead, while Carla Humphrey came back from her year loan.

The club also signed Louise Quinn after the Notts County collapse.

Nine players departed, including club legends Kelly Smith, Emma Byrne and Rachel Yankey.

The Spanish trio went home prior to the 2017 Euros. Casey Stoney also left while Asisat Oshoala went for the Chinese Yuan.

casey stoney

  • In: Kim Little (Seattle Reign), Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Belles – end of loan),  Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Beth Mead (Sunderland), Anna Moorhouse (Doncaster Belles), Louise Quinn (Notts County)
  • Out: Natalia Pablos Sanchon (Rayo Vallecano), Marta Corredera (Atletico Madrid), Vicky Losada (FC Barcelona), Casey Stoney (Liverpool), Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais), Emma Byrne (Brighton), Rachel Yankey, Kelly Smith (retirement), Asisat Osholala (Dalian Quinjan), Charlotte Devlin (Millwall – loan)

And finally, last summer that saw Losa’s sixth and final transfer window.

Four strong players joined, forwards Anna Miedema and Lisa Evans from the Bundesliga, Josy Henning came after winning the treble with Lyon and right-back Jessica Samuelsson signed to take over the Alex Scott spot.

In terms of departures, six young players left alongside Fara Williams who went to Reading.

  • In: Vivianne Mediema (FC Bayern), Lisa Evans (FC Bayern), Jessica Samuelsson (Linkopings), Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais)
  • Out: Lotte Wubben-Moy (UNC), Anna Patten (FSU), Carla Humphrey (Bristol), Sian Rogers (Aston Villa), Charlotte Devlin (Millwall Lionesses), Chloe Kelly (Everton – loan), Fara Williams (Reading)

Overall, we can say that Pedro Losa did make a lot of good signings in his tenure, there were a couple of duds along the way.

The most annoying part has been how many homegrown players boasting many years of service at Arsenal were pushed away instead of flourishing for the club that nurtured them.