Arsenal forward Danielle Carter has left the club after more than a decade in North London. Carter joined the Gunners from Leyton Orient’s centre of excellence after completing her GCSEs aged 16. She has won four league titles, four FA Cups and five League Cups during a glittering career.
Carter’s finest hour came in the 2016 FA Cup Final at Wembley when her first half piledriver proved to be the winner against Chelsea. However, Carter has suffered badly with injury over the last two seasons. She ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament on the final day of the 2017-18 season against Bristol City, forcing her to miss 10 months of action.
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She returned to action in time to help Arsenal to the league title in 2018-19, but ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament again in the Emirates Cup friendly against Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium last July. She hasn’t played since. She confirmed her departure on her social media accounts on Thursday morning.
After 11 years, 184 appearances, 5 Conti Cups, 4 FA Cups, 3 FAWSL titles, 2 ACLs and 1 FA Premier League title… it is with the heaviest of hearts that my time at Arsenal has come to an end.
They say “I’m Arsenal till I die….” and today a massive part of me has died 😢💔 pic.twitter.com/vjrGxKMK5g
— Danielle Carter (@DanielleCarter) June 25, 2020
Gunners boss Joe Montemurro told Arsenal.com, “Danielle has been an amazing professional and character through very difficult times over the past couple of years. She has achieved many accolades as both a footballer and person and I’m sure there are many more to come. We want to wish her all the best for the future.”
Carter is very active away from the pitch, alongside her degree in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy she has studied an MBA in sports governance. She has also sat on the Hertfordshire FA’s Disciplinary Panel and the FA Council. Having spoken to Danielle many times down the years, it’s difficult to overstate what an impressive individual she is. She is a player that has contributed immeasurably to Arsenal’s success over the last 11 years. Best of luck in whatever comes next, Dan.