Arsenal Women’s German international Tabea Kemme has announced her retirement from football after unsuccessfully battling with multiple knee injuries.
The 28-year old signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2018 but has been restricted to just three appearances from the substitute’s bench since signing. Kemme has 47 caps for Germany playing in every outfield position and won an Olympic gold with her country in 2016.
Tabea Kemme of @ArsenalWFC announces her retirement at 28 due to injury?
— #UWCL (@UWCL) January 14, 2020
Kemme took a two-year leave of absence from the police in Potsdam, Germany where she had spent all of her professional career prior to joining Arsenal. She suffered a meniscus injury in the spring of 2018, after her transfer to North London had already been agreed.
Kemme started in the Emirates Cup against Bayern Munich in July, but lasted only 45 minutes and has not been able to play since. With her Arsenal contract set to expire in the summer and with another professional career in the police force, she has decided to call time on her playing days. Kemme worked as a pundit on German television during the World Cup last summer and hinted that she was considering retirement due to persistent knee injuries.