Arsenal are leading the way in the Women’s Super League at the turn of the year. At the time of writing, they are four points ahead of a struggling Chelsea side and will have to contest both in the WSL and Women’s Champions League knockout stage for the rest of the season. With this in mind the league leaders have made additions to their squad by first signing Stina Blackstenius and then adding Laura Wienroither to the team.
Arsenal Sign Stina Blackstenius & Laura Wienroither
Swedish Striker Blackstenius was a free signing from BK Hacken. In her last season with Hacken, Blackstenius was the top goalscorer in the league with 17 goals in just 21 games. Arsenal are not desperately in need of firepower as they lead the WSL this season with 30 goals scored in 10 games but adding a lethal attacker like Blackstenius is only going to make team better. Especially with rotation becoming more and more necessary as the Women’s Champions League moved to add more high-profile games to each season. At just 25-years-old Stina Blackstenius has the high level experience and pedigree to be a massive addition to the team for the long term.
Another young signing, Wienroither is just 23 years of age and joins from TSG 1899 Hoffenhaim. The defender has already been capped by Austria 12 times and has been playing in Germany’s top women’s league since 2018. Primarily playing at the center of the defense Wienroither is comfortable moving out right or left if needed.
Arsenal’s head of women’s football had this to say on the transfer: “Despite being only 23, Laura already has significant experience in both the Frauen-Bundesliga and at international level, so we have no doubt that she will make an important contribution to the team”
The competition at the top of women’s football is becoming stiffer. Top clubs are adding quality players at a never-before-seen rate and even a team leading the WSL like Arsenal cannot rest on their laurels if they’re to continue challenging at a high level.
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