Friday, June 21, 2024

Arsenal Women announce travelling squad for Melbourne friendly

Arsenal Women have confirmed their travelling squad for Friday’s friendly against an A-League All Star Team on Friday in Melbourne.

The Gunners are travelling for the showpiece post-season friendly with the majority of the team needing to continue training ahead of a full round of international fixtures in early June.

Goalkeepers: 86.Sarah Bouhaddi, 40.Naomi Williams
Defenders: 2.Emily Fox 7.Steph Catley 15.Katie McCabe 29.Teyah Goldie 62.Katie Reid
Midfielders: 10.Kim Little 12.Frida Maanum 21.Victoria Pelova 22.Kathrine Kuhl 32.Kyra Cooney-Cross 56.Freya Godfrey 60.Laila Herbert 61.Maddy Earl
Forwards: 19.Caitlin Foord 23.Alessia Russo 24.Cloe Lacasse 53.Vivienne Lia

Sarah Bouhaddi, who joined the club on an eight-week contract in the spring, rejoins the team for the tour. Lotte Wubben-Moy, Lia Walti and Stina Blackstenius are carrying knocks, while Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Laura Wienroither are spared having recovered from ACL injuries during the season. Manu Zinsberger and her wife are expecting a baby shortly and Laia Codina also will not make the journey.

Lina Hurtig is not included in the travelling squad having missed several months for a mixture of injury and personal reasons, she is likely to leave the club this summer. Arsenal’s setpiece coach Patrick Winqvist will also not join the tour, Arseblog News understands that he has left the club.

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Good to see all the youngsters travelling but no Michelle Agyemang?
Patrick Winqvist’s absence comes as little surprise after our poor setpiece returns.

Fun Gunner

Yes, is Agyemang injured? And agree about Patrick.

Fun Gunner

Ok, got you. Rest/continued rehab more important for them.


Seems Michelle is about to do A level exams.

Fun Gunner

In the diary. I’d forgotten all about this.

Fun Gunner

Just realised our only dedicated CBs are the children, Goldie and Reid. So I guess at least one of them will start alongside part-time CB Catley.


Glad wingvist has left, as it can’t be just the players who were responsible for our riseible set piece : goal percentage. Tim, who are good set piece coaches in football , that might be available?

Fun Gunner

Is there any reason why Jover might not be able to provide temporary, part-time cover or consultancy? Some – not all – of the coaching he gives the men will be directly transferable, surely?


This is where integration across all the teams, regardless of level, is important. While it might lead to a larger coaching group, having people who can slot into available roles is important in for any organization, especially when lower league teams come hunting our coaches (cuesta latest to be linked away, stuivenberg likely leaving this year, Kevin betsey before that, etc).

Fun Gunner

I don’t think a mixed group of footballers would work – I was thinking along the lines of Jover popping along to the last hour of a women’s training session here and there, or making a couple of videos.

Fun Gunner

Sorry, Bobbert – I realise now you meant a larger group of *staff*, not players.

Amor pelo futebol feminino

So be pioneers, Arsenal women’s could be the only club to have a dead ball specialist.


Should have them playing against mate fc men’s side, would be a more even match for our women’s team.

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