Arsenal’s French goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin is on her way out as revealed by Daily Cannon and the website l’Equipiere and it does not come as a surprise considering how her situation evolved in the last year.
After two seasons at the club, Peyraud-Magnin has decided not to renew her contract.
After quite a successful first season, she was relegated to the bench following Manuela Zinsberger’s arrival. She started 16 games out of 28 in Arsenal’s title winning season but just 10 from 29 this season, and those were mainly cup ties.
There are a number of teams fighting for her signature in England, France and Spain.
Among them is FC Girondins de Bordeaux who are coached by the ex-Arsenal manager Pedro Martinez Losa. Bordeaux are very aggressive in the transfer market as they are looking to unseat Lyon and PSG as one of the top two teams in France.
On a personal note, it is quite disappointing to see a player leave under these circumstances as better communication could have resulted in a contract extension being signed, unless of course the club was disappointed with the goalkeeper’s performances across those two seasons.
It is interesting to note that under Joe Montemurro, a senior goalkeeper has left the club every summer as the club looks to continually improve that position.
First, Anna Moorhouse made way for Pauline Peyraud-Magnin. Then, Sari van Veenendaal made way for Manuela Zinsberger. This summer, it is Pauline Peyraud-Magnin who will depart.
Fran Stenson has now come back from her season-long loan at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship and could be promoted to number two.
Considering Arsenal only have a small chance of featuring in the Champions League next season and could only be playing in three competitions instead of four, signing a top quality goalkeeper might not be as important this summer as getting more quality outfielders to ensure more strength in depth on the bench.