Arsenal Women have completed the signing of Japanese playmaker Mana Iwabuchi from Aston Villa after a long pursuit of the 2011 World Cup winner.
Iwabuchi nearly joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 and the winter of 2020 but was blocked by the Japanese FA until the Olympic Games in Tokyo had taken place, information Arseblog News had confirmed by Joe Montemurro earlier this year.
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Iwabuchi signed for Villa in January on a six month contract but will join the Gunners after the Olympics have taken place. Iwabuchi was a teammate of Lisa Evans and Vivianne Miedema at Bayern Munich as well as Manu Zinsberger and Viki Schnaderbeck.
Mana will represent Japan in this summer’s Olympics before joining up with the club in August for their Champions League qualifiers. She currently has 74 caps and 31 goals for her country.
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“I’m so happy to finally be able to announce that I am an Arsenal player!” said Iwabuchi, speaking to Arsenal.com. “I know the club has wanted to sign me for a long time now, so it’s a great honour to be able to play for Arsenal. There are so many amazing players and I can’t wait to get started.”