Arsenal captain Kim Little has been impressed by 20-year old Swiss midfielder Malin Gut, who started back to back games for the Gunners against Chelsea and Brighton last week. Boss Joe Montemurro wanted to integrate Gut, who arrived from Grasshopper Zurich this summer, more slowly. Injuries to Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs and Jill Roord have forced the manager’s hand however.
When Arseblog News spoke to Leah Williamson last month, she intimated that Malin had taken Kim’s eye in training. ” I have heard Kim talk about how good Malin will be and if real talent like Kim recognises that then she must be pretty good!”
Speaking to Arseblog News on Wednesday, Kim was happy to confirm Leah’s comment, “It’s great to have Malin here and she’s actually very like Lia Wälti in how she plays, very selfless but very good technically and she has a really good eye for forward passes which, for me, is fun to play with. She has such great potential and being at a team like Arsenal and the way Joe wants to play she can go on to be a great player and keep improving.
“I’ve not yet played with her in a match because I’ve had a minor injury but she’s done great in the last two games and especially on Sunday against Brighton, her and Lia had a really good partnership and they were rock solid for us in that base of midfield.”
malin gut puts switzerland 1-0 ahead of belgium in their euro qualifier pic.twitter.com/CSjKsvcsmi
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Caitlin Foord is another player to have caught the captain’s eye, the Australian has four assists and three goals already this season after arriving in North London in February. Foord only played twice for the club before the coronavirus pandemic struck in March.
“She came earlier in the year and didn’t get fully absorbed into the team because of the pandemic and then she went away on international duty [in early March] and had to quarantine when she came back and then we went into lockdown for several months. She has found her feet now and she gives us a different dimension as a forward- she’s very powerful and strong on the ball and a really great dribbler too.
“She’s fitted in really well and we’ve now got Lydia [Williams] and Steph [Catley] in from Australia too which I am sure has helped her to settle in.”
Arsenal play at home to Tottenham Hotspur at 2.30pm on Sunday in the WSL. The match will be screened live on BT Sport in the UK and will be shown in every territory that has a WSL TV rights deal. If your territory doesn’t have a WSL rights deal, you will be able to watch the game free of charge on the FA Player app.
.@CaitlinFoord goes BAM! ?
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