Arsenal Women have confirmed the signing of World Cup winning centre-half Laia Codina from Barcelona, a story first broken by Arseblog News on August 13.
Little bit of Arsenal Women transfer news. Understand 23-year old Barcelona and #ESP centre half Laia Codina is a serious target. Arsenal want another centre half in this window to add to Amanda Ilestedt with Williamson injured and Rafaelle’s departure to Orlando Pride #AWFC
— Tim Stillman (@Stillmanator) August 13, 2023
Codina started each of Spain’s games as she won the World Cup this summer but her chances at Barcelona have been blocked by the presence of Mapi Leon and Irene Paredes. Codina is right-footed but plays predominantly at left centre-back. The Gunners have been keen to bolster their defence with Rafaelle having departed for Orlando Pride and with Leah Williamson set to miss much of next season with an ACL injury.
23-year-old Codina joins Swedish centre-back Amanda Ilestedt in joining the club this summer. Arseblog News understands that Arsenal are still keen to add a right-back with Laura Wienroither out for the majority of next season with an ACL injury. Codina will wear number 27.
“I’m really excited – I can’t wait to start with the team and to be a Gunner,” said Laia. “I knew all about the history of this club so when I found out Arsenal were interested, I didn’t think twice. We want to compete in all four competitions this season and I’m looking forward to making some memories with our supporters here.”
Head Coach Jonas Eidevall said: “Laia is a world-class defender and I’m delighted to be working with her here at Arsenal. She has a great mix of technical ability and physical presence and we believe this will allow her to adapt to our style here quickly. She has considerable experience of playing at the highest level and winning trophies, so I’m confident that she will be an excellent addition to our squad moving forward.”
Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We are very pleased to have confirmed the signing of Laia on a permanent transfer. We believe Laia is a top player with plenty of potential to continue to develop and progress here with us at Arsenal. Her experience of competing on the biggest stages – as we saw at the World Cup this summer – will be invaluable as we look to achieve our objectives this season.”