Danish left-back Katrine Veje will leave Arsenal this summer, the player confirmed on her Instagram account. Veje joined the club from Montpellier in January 2019 and was part of last season’s WSL winning squad.
Veje picked up an injury to her left foot at the beginning of the season and played a Champions League game in October, before injuring her right foot playing for her country a week or so later.
Katrine returned to Copenhagen in the winter to aid her recovery. The player subsequently said in an interview that returning home was as much about her mental recovery as her physical recovery. “I hated meeting at the training ground,” she admitted.
“The others went to the field to play and I went to the gym. I felt like a total shadow of myself. I realised that I didn’t like to talk football with my teammates, I almost ended up saying nothing when we had lunch. My thoughts were somewhere else. Even though there were people around me, I felt alone.”
Veje has been linked with a move to Rosengård in Sweden. Veje’s contract had not expired, so Arsenal could receive a fee for any move. Veje joins Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Silvana Flores and Louise Quinn in leaving the club with a couple more squad players also to leave this summer.
Only Flores represents a surprise departure and others will be announced before the end of June with contracts set to expire. It is a similar picture across the league at the moment, expect incomings to become more commonplace in July as contracts across women’s football turn over.