Jessica Samuelsson has said it was a ‘tough decision’ to leave Arsenal, especially as they chase down the league title but she wants to try and nail down a World Cup place.

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Sweden’s Jessica Samuelsson speaks to the media during a press event at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Edmonton, Canada on June 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINS

It was announced earlier this week that Samuelsson, who has been plagued by injuries since she arrived at the club, would leave to return to Sweden to play for Rosengard.

Samuelsson signed for Arsenal in August 2017 but made only three starts and eight appearances altogether.

In November, she underwent surgery on a ruptured ligament in her foot on what was, initially, not expected to be a serious injury. She was then back in a cast again as injury struck once more.

“It was a tough decision to leave Arsenal in the final race for the league gold, but this is a chance for me to increase my chances for a World Cup place,” Samuelsson explained.

“Although the chance is small, I do not want to miss it.”

Therese Sjögren, Rosengard’s sports manager, added, “We believe that by coming home to us and getting a lot of playing time, she will take back her national team.

“We get a qualified player who has a lot of experience from playing abroad but also of games in big tournaments and the A-national team.”