Arsenal boost attack with free transfer of World Cup winner

Mariona Caldentey

Arsenal boost attack with free transfer of World Cup winner

Hassan Abdulsalam 11:09 - 02.07.2024

The 28-year-old was part of the Spanish squad that won the World Cup last year.

Arsenal Football Club have confirmed the signing of Spanish international forward Mariona Caldentey on a free transfer from Barcelona.

The 28-year-old arrives in north London with a decorated trophy cabinet, having amassed 25 trophies in her 10-year stint with the Catalan giants.

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The World Cup winner will wear the number 8 shirt for the Gunners.

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The new season will see Arsenal play eight out of their eleven home games at the iconic Emirates Stadium. This includes the potential for hosting three Champions League group stage fixtures, should they qualify for the competition proper.

Arsenal boast attack with Free Transfer of World Cup winner

Arsenal smashed the WSL attendance record three times last season, and according to the Daily Mail, this enthusiastic fan base likely played a role in Caldentey's decision to join the club.

"This is the right time for a new challenge for me and Arsenal is the perfect place.

"I think what Arsenal are doing as a club is amazing – on and off the pitch. I love the way we want to play as a team and I think there’s a strong mentality building here.

"It’s been incredible to see what the club has done away from the pitch, with supporters following the team everywhere and lots of records being broken.

"I can’t wait to get started and help the team win trophies and entertain our supporters," she said.

The Gunners finished third in the Women's Super League (WSL) for the second consecutive year last term and are clearly aiming to climb higher.