Arsenal midfielder Ruby Mace has joined WSL side Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. The 17-year old made her debut in the 6-1 victory over Sp*rs in September. Ruby has been a regular feature in match day squads this season, particularly as an autumn injury crisis gripped the squad.
However, with a number of players returning from injury now, Mace’s opportunities have been limited and she hasn’t played since a 10-minute substitute appearances against Sp*rs in the Conti Cup on 18th November.
Welcome to Blues, @officicalRM! 🔵
Mace will be dual signing with the team until the end of the season and remains a registered player with Arsenal’s WSL Academy. 🤝
— Birmingham City Women (@BCFCwomen) February 2, 2021
Mace will remain registered with Arsenal’s academy team for the duration of the season, meaning she can represent them as well. However, the academy league is currently suspended because it does not qualify as “elite status” under current coronavirus guidance.
Birmingham have a very small squad so it seems likely that Mace will get some game time at Carla Ward’s side. Blues boss Carla Ward said, “I am delighted that Arsenal have allowed us the opportunity to work with Ruby, she’s a gifted young player with so much potential. This a great opportunity for her to come in and get valuable WSL experience and add some real quality to the group.”