Arsenal Women defender Viki Schnaderbeck says she will take her time before deciding whether to renew her contract at the club. The Austrian international has become a mainstay of the team this season after missing most of her first campaign with a knee cartilage injury.
Schnaderbeck’s deal expires in the summer and though she feels happy at the club, she says she will mull over a new deal. Speaking to the Austrian FA’s (OFB) official website, the 29-year old said, “I am in a good conversation with the club, but I want to take my time with the decision. But there is a trend, and it is for Arsenal. I feel totally comfortable here and know that the club is also satisfied with me.”
Viki’s first season at Arsenal was interrupted by a knee cartilage tear on the eve of the 2018-19 campaign, which kept her out for seven months. Schnaderbeck says her recovery has gone better than she expected, “I have no problems, I am not restricted, I can do anything. I’m over the moon! A year ago, the whole thing looked very different.”
Viki joined the club from Bayern Munich in 2018 and was last summer joined by her compatriot and best friend Manu Zinsberger. Joe Montemurro has a policy of rotating goalkeepers, but Zinsberger has gradually established herself as first choice.
“At the beginning the division was 50:50, but in the end Manu was ahead. For her, the start here was absolutely successful, she feels very comfortable. I’ve known her for a very long time and I can tell how well the change has done her both sporting-wise and personally.”