Sarah Bouhaddi says she is “excited” to be joining Arsenal after signing a short-term deal with the Women’s Super League side.
The 37-year-old has been without a team since leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season and, after completing her move to the Gunners on a free transfer, she said she jumped at the opportunity to play for such a historic club:
“I’m delighted to be joining Arsenal and to become part of this great club. Arsenal has so much history across both the men’s and women’s teams and I’ve always admired the club.”
“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play in a league that is going from strength to strength and I want to bring my experience to help the rest of the squad. I can’t wait to get started.”
What do Arsenal fans need to know about Bouhaddi?
The goalkeeper is a legend of the women’s game, having won 149 caps at international level for France, as well as winning an astonishing 27 major trophies during her time at Lyon.
In 13 seasons with the French club, Bouhaddi lifted 11 league titles, 8 French Cups and 8 Champions League trophies. She has also been recognised for her individual performances, being awarded the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season in 2019/20 as well as the FIFA Best Women’s Goalkeeper in 2020.
Why have Arsenal signed the keeper?
Gunners No.2 Sabrina D’Angelo has been named in Canada’s squad for the Gold Cup next month, and Bouhaddi has been brought in to provide cover in her absence.
The French veteran will be Manuela Zinsberger’s deputy until the end of the season, with Arsenal‘s current No.1 having also recently committed her future to the club by signing a new contract a couple of weeks ago.