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Arsenal Women beat WSL rivals to sign Swedish star striker and Ballon d’Or nominee Stina Blackstenius

Arsenal Women beat WSL rivals to sign Swedish star striker and Ballon d’Or nominee Stina Blackstenius… and boss Jonas Eidevall insists deal won’t affect Vivianne Miedema’s future

  • Arsenal Women have signed striker and Ballon d’Or nominee Stina Blackstenius
  • Blackstenius scored 17 goals for FC Hacken in the Swedish league last season
  • Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall said the deal will have no impact on Vivianne Miedema











Arsenal Women have completed the signing of highly regarded Swedish international Stina Blackstenius.

The 25-year-old striker, who scored 17 goals and eight assists in the Swedish league last season, expired after he left BK Hacken this week.

The Gunners held off competition from Manchester United, which had followed Blackstenius since the summer, and Tottenham.

Arsenal Women unveiled the signing of Swedish international striker Stina Blackstenius

Arsenal Women unveiled the signing of Swedish international striker Stina Blackstenius

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall praised Ballon d'Or nominee Blackstenius as 'excellent player'

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall praised Ballon d’Or nominee Blackstenius as ‘excellent player’

Blackstenius, a Ballon d’Or nominee, also scored five goals at the Tokyo Olympics to help her country win silver.

“It feels great to be here,” Blackstenius said. “I’m so happy to join such a great and great club like Arsenal.

“I got a very good first impression of this club, they play very good football and I wanted to be a part of that. I feel I can become a better player in this environment.”

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall said a key reason for signing the striker was her big game mentality. “A standout for Stina, especially when you consider how she has performed in the national team, is her ability to score goals in really, really big games.

Blackstenius stood out at the Tokyo Olympics, scoring five goals to help Sweden take silver

Blackstenius stood out at the Tokyo Olympics, scoring five goals to help Sweden take silver

“Of course that has to do with a lot of factors, but I think perhaps the most important factor is that she is an excellent player who falls behind when exposed to a lot of space.

“For example, the games we played against Barcelona, ​​I think we really missed that quality in the squad, to punish teams that play with such a high defense line. She will also help us with that.’

Eidevall added that the arrival of Blackstenius will not affect Vivianne Miedema’s future at the club. Miedema is out of contract at the end of the season and is interested in Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

When asked if there is a way for Miedema and Blackstenius to play together, Eidevall said: “I hope so, that’s definitely one of the scenarios I see. Some opponents, maybe even a game like Birmingham last Sunday, when space is limited in the early stages of our possession, a player like Viv, it might be a good idea to have her a little deeper, maybe playing like a 10 to to help us hit the ball and create.

Eidevall said Blackstenius' arrival 'has nothing to do' with Vivianne Miedema's future at Arsenal

Eidevall said Blackstenius’ arrival ‘has nothing to do’ with Vivianne Miedema’s future at Arsenal

“Then of course we have no one in the penalty area, we can’t finish the attack if we create, and that’s what we missed against Birmingham on Sunday.

“To me, Stina’s arrival has nothing to do with Viv’s future. To sign Stina, to make her an addition to the squad, I think it’s the right way to go. In any of the scenarios, if Viv stays, which we hope she will, or if she doesn’t, we’ll have to go out and find a replacement for her and that type of player too.

“We’re looking at the scenario where they can play together, but also that they can play at different times and that depends a lot on how we set up the team.”

The Arsenal boss also teased that there will be more arrivals at the club before the end of January.

“We’re not done in this window yet,” he said. “We can reveal it when it’s all done. Hopefully we can bring you some more news in the near future.’

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