Arsenal Women Sign Manuela Zinsberger from Bayern Munich

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Arsenal Women have completed the signing of Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger. Zinsberger is Austria’s first choice goalkeeper and comes to provide competition to current first choice Pauline Peyraud-Magnin with Sari van Veenendaal having left the club.

Zinsberger is good friends with compatriot Viki Schnaderbeck and spent some time in London and at London Colney when Schnaderbeck signed for the club last summer. Bayern announced the signing of Carina Schluter back in April, with Zinsberger’s decision to leave Bayern having already been communicated during last season.

Manuela is 24 and won 2 Frauenbundesliga titles with Bayern and has 40 caps for her country. She is also very comfortable with the ball at her feet, which fits perfectly into Joe Montemurro’s possession style. She joins Jill Roord, Lisa Evans, Vivianne Miedema and Viki Schnaderbeck in decanting from Bayern to Arsenal and she probably won’t be the last.

“It’s such an amazing feeling,” Zinsbeger told Arsenal.com. “I know a lot of the players here. We have a really good team here with really good quality and impressive performances, so I’m looking forward to being part of it!”

Joe Montemurro added “We are delighted to welcome Manuela to Arsenal. She is a world-class goalkeeper, and her achievements mirror that. Her experience and ability will be a great addition to our squad.”

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Magneto
Magneto

Welcome to the Arsenal, Manuela Zinsberger.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Welcome, may your stay be long and successful!

Jordan
Jordan

Are we just going to buy the entire Bayern Munich women’s squad, what is going on?

It’s a nice role reversal from the men’s team, I must say.

Stillberto
Stillberto

We’re playing them in the Emirates Cup too 🙂

Magneto
Magneto

As far as I am aware, the official Arsenal site hasn’t yet announced who Arsenal Women are playing in the Emirates Cup, yet alone the men’s team, so this must be some exclusive ‘insider’ news.

Do you also happen to know who Arsenal Men will be playing in the tournament too?

Stillberto
Stillberto

Porto

Magneto
Magneto

Thanks.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Can I have the six numbers for the next Australian Go Lotto please?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Why not

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

What about Mustafi? Can they take him?

Dave M
Dave M

He’s already ruined one Arsenal season, you’d want him to kill off another Arsenal squad too?

frank from vienna
frank from vienna

well said Cygan, the male Mustafi should play for Bayerns Mens team, and the female Mustafi for their womens team….

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

Ooh, another one! Any more on the way that you know of, Tim?

Welcome to Arsenal, Manuela – really looking forward to seeing you battling with PPM for that GK spot. Very sad to see Sari van Veenendal go, but I suppose she isn’t the right fit for our style.

Stillberto
Stillberto

Leonie Maier is done. I don’t know anything else concrete, but some rumours about centre halves in the WSL which I’ve not corroborated yet 🙂

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

Thanks, Tim.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

Just googled LM – at 5′ 4″, I do hope she is a full back, not a CH! 🙂

I am taking your statement about the WSL centre halves as permission to hope that we are getting Gabby George. I know it’s very unlikely! Although I also see that Abbie McManus has left Man City – could it be her?

andyallsopp
andyallsopp

That’s keeper competition sorted…now for the forward line. Bayern rueing the loss of their coach? Seems to be instrumental in the exodus…

Stillberto
Stillberto

Definitely, they’re getting some good players in though.

Richard
Richard

just out of curiosity, what do signing these top ladies cost?

Stillberto
Stillberto

Transfer fees in women’s football are very rare, almost all of them are without fee.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

And am I right in thinking that contracts are usually shorter? Two years v common? That probably makes transfer fees mostly redundant

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

I’m gonna watch the women’s champions League final tonight, hopefully next year we’ll have arsenal in the final

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Bit worried about a goalie that wears glasses
Presumably she has contact lenses to play?
Ellen White always seemed to be losing hers and she wasn’t deliberately throwing herself to the ground!

Chris Humphrey
Chris Humphrey

Sorry to see Sari depart but she probably did find Joe’s play from the back style difficult to get used to. Welcome Man. PPM needs the competition.