Arsenal Women have confirmed the signing of two-time World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tobin Heath on a free transfer. The 33-year-old spent last season on loan at Manchester United but left the club this summer.
She joined United on loan from Portland Thorns in the NWSL and in November 2020, her rights were traded from the Thorns to Racing Louisville FC. However, Heath wanted to stay in Europe to play Champions League football and having been an Arsenal fan of many years, Arsenal was deemed the perfect fit for the USWNT star.
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) September 3, 2021
Heath is one of the most high profile players in the women’s game with 177 caps for the USA. She typically plays on the right-wing and will compete for a place with Beth Mead and Nikita Parris. Tobin will wear the number 77 shirt.
Heath is the highest profile signing of the summer in the WSL. She will not be ready for the game against Chelsea on Sunday at Emirates Stadium but she did compete at this summer’s Olympic Games in Japan, so she ought to be in good condition to make her debut soon. The Gunners take a 3-0 first leg lead to Slavia Praha on Thursday in their final Champions League qualifier and play away to Reading on Sunday, 12th September.
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— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) September 3, 2021
We will have a special edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast coming out later on Friday to discuss the signing.