Dominique Bloodworth And Sari Van Veenendaal Leave Arsenal

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Arsenal Women’s Dutch midfielder and defender Dominique Bloodworth has agreed a deal to join German Champions Wolfsburg.

Bloodworth joined Arsenal after World Cup 2015 and has won an FA Cup, 2 Continental Cups and the WSL title. At time of writing she has 99 appearances for the club.

Dominique was part of Netherlands’ 2017 European Championship winning squad. Dom’s versatility has been a huge asset to the club, playing as a midfielder, centre half and full back at varying points.

Saturday’s clash against Manchester City will be her last game for the club. Arsenal will reinforce the squad this summer with signings anticipated from Bayern Munich Frauen. Dominique has made a huge contribution to Arsenal in her four years at Arsenal and will be missed.

Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal will also leave the club after losing her place to Pauline Peyraud-Magnin this season. Sari joined the club at the same time as Dominique and replaced club legend Emma Byrne. Sari has been an outstanding goalkeeper for Arsenal and will also be sorely missed.

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Devlin
Devlin

No no no no, please tell me this isn’t happening. Dominique has been an amazing deep lying midfielder and a versatile option, because she has played in midfield because of injuries. She is an amazing centerback with great passing and I was really impressed with her the one time I saw her play live. I went to see Van De Donk, but she was injured, and Dominique just stood out for me.

I really don’t know how this is going to affect the team, we seem to need a lot of transfers to create greater depth for a side that just about survived an injury crisis that puts to shame the men’s team’s struggles with injury this season.

I hope they are working on contract extensions for all of our key players.

Lars
Lars

Rumors here in Potsdam, Germany are that current Turbine Potsdam goalkeeper Lisa Schmitz will join her former teammates Tabea Kemme and Lia Wälti at Arsenal next season. She announced that she’s leaving but hasn’t said where to…

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Hope so if Lia and Tabea are anything to go by. We just need to get their knees fixed for next season!

DB’s first touch
DB’s first touch

Tim, any insights on Dominique’s decision, which on the surface seems like an odd one?

She’s leaving a team on the up that will be competing for the champions league next season, she’s an important part of the team and pretty much a starter (although may not be first choice in any given position if everyone is healthy, but that is a big if and there are plenty of minutes to go around), and you would think she’d feel at home in a squad that includes a number of Dutch internationals…she’ll definitely be missed!

Gilly99
Gilly99

What!!!! Why is this happening?. There has never been a time when I wouldn’t of given her anything less then a 8/10 performance and she was constantly filling in positions due to injuries. Wow! We have lost a world class player today that will get into any first team in women’s football.

andyallsopp
andyallsopp

Great shame – she has been brilliant this year. Her passing through the channels has been outstanding recently. But there is lots of cover in the centre half/deep lying midfielder roles – Kemme, Schnaderbeck – and the prospect of Dutch signings from Germany (Jackie Groenen? Jill Roord?) enticing.

AdebayorInGoldenArsenalOPhil
AdebayorInGoldenArsenalOPhil

Noooooooo!!!!

Stillberto
Stillberto

Joe still sees Dom as a defender first and she sees herself as a midfielder, Wolfsburg will play her in her preferred position. But even so, Wolfsburg are a huge club with realistic CL winning ambitions. It’s difficult to turn them down

AdebayorInGoldenArsenalOPhil
AdebayorInGoldenArsenalOPhil

This is what’s wrong with the men’s team: They need more meaningful surnames. Where are Brian Kidneywearer, Keith BellHat, Peter Souptrainer and the like?

mashkeyboardgetusername
mashkeyboardgetusername

Bugger, that was a bit of a gutpunch to read this morning. Bloodworth’s been fantastic for us, going to be a hard job finding a replacement. But best of luck to her at Wolfsberg, hope she’s successful for them too (though not if they happen to meet us in the Champions League, of course…).

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

That has really put a crimp in my day… 🙁