Arsenal left-back Emma Mitchell has joined Reading Women ending a seven year spell at Arsenal. The Scottish defender’s contract still had a year to run, but with Steph Catley, Katie McCabe and Noelle Maritz in the squad, Mitchell has been allowed to leave.
Mitch joined Arsenal from German club Essen in the summer of 2013. She has won two FA Cups, three Conti Cups and a league title during her stint at the club. She spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan at Spurs. She was voted into the PFA Team of the Year in 2015.
Emma missed the second half of the 2018-19 season due to anxiety issues and subsequently struggled to win her place back in the team. She did score a memorable winner in the final minutes of the final game of that season with a winning goal against Manchester City.
🗣 “Scoring that goal on the final day meant everything to me, and you could probably see from my reaction that I’m trying not to cry. I just felt like it was written in the stars for that to happen to me.” @EmsMitch3 ♥️ #WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/sRSGkf3Kug
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 10, 2019
Emma was a hugely popular member of the squad with her teammates and was the longest serving player in the squad after Jordan Nobbs and Leah Williamson. She joins Reading alongside fellow former Gunner Danielle Carter. All the best to Mitch for the future.