Arsenal’s goalkeeper, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, has given an interview with SoFoot in France in which she talks about signing for Arsenal, making the World Cup and the trouble with English food.
Peyraud-Magnin signed for Arsenal in the summer, moving from Olympique Lyon for an undisclosed fee.
Spending a number of years as France’s backup behind Sarah Bouhaddi, Peyraud-Magnin is hopeful of going to the World Cup this summer as her country’s number one after taking the number one shirt from Sari van Veenendaal at Arsenal.
Here are the key parts of her recent interview. You can read the rest here.
After Issy, you left for Saint-Etienne. Did not you feel like returning your jacket
As I said earlier, I have always been lucky. I was ready to leave Lyon, they [Arsenal] were looking for a babysitter. As in Marseille, the speech of the coach pleased me right away. He told me that England was a football ground, that Arsenal was a family club while being super pro. I wanted to find that. The change of country did not affect me, not as much as the first time I left home to go to Issy. I did not ask myself questions, except for a little on the language, because English, it was not my thing at the start.
You did not have much trouble with the food at first?
Oulah … Do not tell me about it. It was a galley at first, I was happy to return to France at times just for food. (Laughter.) At first, it’s a little surprising, the taste too … In addition, we are well off at this level! But we acclimatise as and when there is no choice!
We are four months away from the World Cup in France. Are we already thinking about it, wanting to play it?
But inevitably. If you ask this question to any footballer in the world and the guy answers you no, he’s not a footballer. It’s still far, but it’s in a corner of my head. A World Cup, France. I’m not superstitious, I fight every day partly for that.
You were scared when you hurt yourself before Brazil?
Of course I was scared. I saw my final goal move away. The World Cup is the most beautiful competition and knowing that you can miss it because of an injury is a booster shot. I receive a lot of messages already telling me: ” It’s great that it is played in France, etc … That’s true, but, as far as I know, the list is not out yet! I try to stay very down to earth. Even in France group, we do not talk about it, probably not to be bad luck, I think. (Laughs.) You are always afraid of not being taken for the match afterwards. The list for the United States, I waited for a week! I was stressed because I can hurt myself, and also because my name may not come out too.
This team from France today has the means to go to the end?
Yes. Without hesitation. For me, the current France team can win the World Cup.