Swiss midfielder Malin Gut has joined Arsenal Women from Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich. The 20-year old provides back up to Gunners midfielder Lia Wälti for the Swiss national team.
Gut will provide valuable competition in the defensive midfield role. Arsenal did not really have a back up defensive midfielder last season, instead repurposing centre-half Leah Williamson or attacking midfielder Jill Roord into the role when Wälti was unavailable.
Gut is very highly rated and has 5 caps for Switzerland, she is primarily a ball playing defensive midfielder in the mould of Wälti but she can also play at centre-half.
It’s a very big honour for me to be able to play and represent this club in the future,” Gut told Arsenal.com. “From the beginning it felt like everything fitted perfectly. I talked to Joe a lot which helped because he was really able to convince me from the first second and I felt that he’s the kind of coach I really want to play with. I’m very, very excited to play with the Arsenal shirt for the first time.”
“She’s a player that I noticed about a year ago now in the Swiss national team that is very, very mature for her age,” said Joe Montemurro.
“She’s someone that I think is really going to flourish in our environment around the players that she’s going to be around. She’s a very exciting prospect for the club.”