Arsenal Women have signed highly rated Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius from Swedish side Hacken. Blackstenius has also played for Linkopings and Montpellier and has 22 goals in 72 caps for Sweden. Arseblog News reported last week that she was a serious target for the club.
Blackstenius has won two league titles in Sweden as well as two Olympic silver medals with her country. She was well in demand this January with her Hacken contract expired and Manchester United very seriously interested. Stina will wear the number 25 shirt.
At Arsenal, she will hook up with compatriot Jonas Eidevall and further bolster the forward line, she can play at centre-forward or as wide forward but is much more of a classic number 9. There will be an Arsenal Women Arsecast out presently with Swedish journalist and analyst Mia Eriksson discussing her qualities and suitability to Arsenal.
Stina told Arsenal.com, “It feels amazing to be here, I’m so happy to join such a big and great club like Arsenal. I got a really good first impression about this club, they play really good football and I wanted to be a part of that. I feel like I can become a better player in this environment.”
“We’re delighted to have signed Stina,” said head coach Jonas Eidevall. “She is a world-class talent who will add even more quality to our team. Her game is well-suited to the style we are implementing here at Arsenal, and I’m confident that she will take her game to an even higher level here with us.”
“Everyone at the club is thrilled to announce the signing of Stina,” said head of women’s football Clare Wheatley. “She is one of the best forwards in the world and a significant number of clubs were interested in securing her signature this summer, so we are delighted to have made her an Arsenal player. We are all looking forward to seeing her in action soon.”
Arsenal are also expected to add Brazilian defender Rafaelle Souza during the January transfer window, with the player leaving Bahia, in the northeast of the country, on Friday.