Arsenal Women seal deal for Barcelona’s Mariona Caldentey

Mariona Caldentey
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Arsenal have secured the signing of Mariona Caldentey from Barcelona, with whom she won 25 trophies in a ten-year-spell.

The 28-year-old scored 114 goals in 302 appearances for Barca, while for Spain she has netted 26 times during her 72 caps to date, helping her country win the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2023/24 UEFA Nations League.

Caldentey told “I’m so happy to be here. 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.”

Head Coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Mariona is a world-class forward and we are delighted to bring her to Arsenal. She’s a winner with proven experience of excelling on the biggest stage, which is exactly where we aim to be at this club. We believe Mariona will be a superb addition to our squad here at Arsenal, as we prepare for an exciting new season together.”

Director of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley added: “We’re so happy to have signed Mariona, who brings with her a wealth of experience and success at the top of women’s football. It’s a testament to her ambition and character that she has chosen to undertake a new challenge, come to the Women’s Super League and join what we’re building here at Arsenal.”

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