Arsenal have signed Scottish international centre-half Jen Beattie from Manchester City Women. Beattie played for the Gunners between 2009 and 2013, before leaving for Montpellier. She signed for Manchester City in 2015, where she has won a WSL title, two FA Cups and two Conti Cups.
Beattie played as a striker, a left-back and a centre-half for the Gunners, but has since firmly established herself as a central defender for club and country. Beattie won two WSL titles, two Conti Cups and three FA Cups with the club.
She has formed a formidable centre-half partnership with former Gunner Steph Houghton at City and her return to Arsenal does come as a bit of a surprise. Her contract with Manchester City expired and with Abbie McManus and Nikita Parris already having left and another first teamer rumoured to join them, it means City will experience a high turnover of players this summer.
Beattie will bolster Arsenal’s defence, with Leah Williamson, Louise Quinn, Janni Arnth and Beattie competing for a centre-half berth. Viki Schnaderbeck can also play in the centre of defence. Beattie adds experience and quality for the side in their upcoming Champions League campaign. Beattie is an international teammate of Kim Little, Lisa Evans and Emma Mitchell.