Arsenal Women goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin will leave the club with her contract expiring this summer.
The French ‘keeper joined the club from Lyon in the summer of 2018 and made 25 appearances for the club in total. She was the first choice goalkeeper for the Gunners title-winning 2018-19 season.
Pauline joined after two years as a reserve at Lyon with many expecting her to take a similar role at Arsenal, but she soon dislodged previous first choice Sari van Veenendaal. However, last summer Joe Montemurro added Bayern Munich’s Austrian goalie Manuela Zinsberger. Though Montemurro likes to rotate his goalkeepers, Zinsberger has played a much larger proportion of games in 2019-20.
Peyraud-Magnin has been linked with a return to France and Bordeaux, who are managed by Montemurro’s predecessor Pedro Losa.
L’Equipiere is reporting that Pauline will not return to France, however. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal add another goalkeeper, or else entrust the back-up role to highly rated 19-year old Fran Stenson, who also joined the club last summer but spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.
Peyraud-Magnin is not the only player whose contract expires this summer, Louise Quinn’s departure was announced on Friday and there are a couple of other squad players expected to follow them out of the club in the coming weeks.