Arsenal defender Anna Patten has joined Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the season. Anna rejoined Arsenal from the US last January after three years stateside on a scholarship.
Since returning to the club, she has found opportunities difficult to come by with Noelle Maritz the firm choice at right-back and with Lotte Wubben-Moy, Leah Williamson, Jen Beattie, Viki Schnaderbeck, Simone Boye and Steph Catley all options at centre-half.
It is perhaps a surprise move with Leah Williamson injured and Lisa Evans also out on loan, leaving Arsenal short of natural cover at right-back. Steph Catley will also be taking part in the Asia Cup with Australia at the end of this month. The move will increase speculation that Arsenal would be open to adding another defender in January.