Arsenal’s new Danish defender, Janni Arnth Jensen, was hailed back in her home country after an ‘almost perfect debut for the English big club Arsenal’.

Arnth managed to score against West Ham after only 31 minutes as an Arsenal player, getting her head on a corner to make it 2-1 in a game Arsenal went on to win 4-2.

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Arnth scores her debut goal (via @ArsenalWFC)
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Arnth celebrates her debut goal (via @ArsenalWFC)

A report in Ekstra Bladet said, “Danish national team player Janni Arnth Jensen made an almost perfect debut for the English big club Arsenal.

“31 minutes into her debut, she scored 2-1 in the away game against West Ham as she stepped up and headed the ball in goal after a corner kick. Arsenal and Arnth ended up winning 4-2.

“The victory means that Arsenal are three points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the English Super League. Both teams have played 11 games.

“The Danish defender officially switched to Arsenal at the turn of the year after playing for Linköping FC for four and a half years. Previously, she also represented Fortuna Hjørring and Varde IF.

“Janni Arnth has played 88 A-matches for Denmark since his debut in 2010.

“She was also part of the successful European Championship squad, which in the summer of 2017 reached the European Championship final in the Netherlands.

“Personally, however, the final round was not a great success for the defender. In Denmark’s opening victory against Belgium she incurred a fatigue break in the foot and did not get back on track during the tournament.”

Arnth had admitted she was ‘buzzing to get started’ after it was announced she had signed for Arsenal on a free transfer.

“Me and Joe had a talk and I felt a connection to the project,” Arnth told Arsenal.com. “I’ve been following Arsenal and I can see a clear project and that they’re progressing. I’m really grateful to have been given that opportunity and I’m buzzing to get started.

“It’s another culture, another league and another way of playing and of course there is an adaptability process in that regard. But to be honest, I’m just looking forward to playing with the girls and adding to the progress that Arsenal has started.

ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 05: Janni Arnth of Denmark makes a picture during a training prior UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Final against Netherlands at De Grolsch Veste Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Enschede, Netherlands. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 05: Janni Arnth of Denmark makes a picture during a training prior UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Final against Netherlands at De Grolsch Veste Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Enschede, Netherlands. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

“Winning titles with the club is always what I aim for. I have done that in my former clubs and I have also played Champions League the last many years. I will contribute with everything I got to now win with Arsenal so we can compete in the Champions League next season.

“I like Joe’s commitment, energy, and the positive mindset that he has about all of it,” Arnth added. “His playing style suits me very well. I really look forward to work with Joe and develop myself and the club under his leadership now and in the future.”

The 32-year-old has 78 caps for Denmark (with one goal), making her debut for her country some eight years ago in a 2-1 win over Chile.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Steph Houghton the captain of Manchester City Women and Janni Arnth the captain of Linkoping shake hands prior to the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Manchester City Women and Linkoping at The Academy Stadium on March 21, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Steph Houghton the captain of Manchester City Women and Janni Arnth the captain of Linkoping shake hands prior to the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Manchester City Women and Linkoping at The Academy Stadium on March 21, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arnth arrived from Linkopings, where she was captain of the side during her four-and-a-half years there. With the Swedish Damasvenskan just finished, Arnth was out of contract and signed on a free transfer.

Joe Montemurro said on his latest arrival: “Janni is an experienced professional and an important addition to our squad. Her understanding of the game, technical knowledge and game experience is important for our squad to grow. We are pleased to have her with us and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Linkopings coach, Olof Unegård, said in a press release, “As with any international transitions, it’s very boring for us as a team, but very fun for the player and also for us as a club. It once again shows that we have a business of the highest international standards with highly skilled players.”

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