Arsenal Women 2021/2 Review, Part 3 – 21 Players to keep; 9 players to let go

by Andrew Crawshaw

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1 GK Manuella Zinsberger

Undisputed No 1 goalkeeper, has performed excellently 13 clean sheets in the WSL

33 K
18 GK Lydia Williams

Australian keeper who has been an able understudy but never looked like keeping Zinsberger out of the squad when fit.  Her contract is up and I can’t see it being renewed

9 P
24 GK Fran Stenson

Yet to make her debut for the club – may well become backup keeper for next season

28 GK Hermione Cull

On the bench for many of our games this last season but no pitch minutes

2 CB Rafaelle Souza

Left footed centre back who joined in the January window.  Has looked really assured when fit and will undoubtedly start whenever available

5+2 1 K
3 CB Lotte Wubben-Moy

I remember her first coming on as a substitute when aged 16 and thinking that she was going to be some player.  She returned from college in the USA last year and has shown strong performances since earning a call up to the England squad and full caps.  A solid player

23+7 4 K
5 CB Jen Beattie

A team stalwart in recent years but her lack of pace is increasingly being exposed at the highest level.  Out of contract this summer and unlikely to be retained I think

17+5 1 P
6 CB Leah Williamson

A fabulous player either at centre back or in her England role in midfield.  One of the standout players in the team and recognised with the England captaincy for the upcoming Euros competition.  Contender for player of the season

28+2 4 K
7 LB Steph Catley

Highly regarded Australian Left back who has recently signed a new contract..  Starter if we play a back four

26+8 2 K
16 RB Noelle Maritz

Swiss right back and has been first choice when fit.  I’ve not been entirely convinced by some of her performances and this is a position where I could like to see us upgrade

33 P
20 CB Simone Boye-Sorensen

Brought in last summer on a short term contract as positional cover until Rafaelle Souza was available.  Out of contract this summer and unlikely to be retained

10 P
26 RB Laura Wienrother

Brought in in January as competition for Noelle Maritz, relatively inexperienced but has looked OK when I’ve seen her.  A solid backup but probably not yet good enough as a starter

10 K
8 Mid Jordan Nobbs

Jordan has had a frustrating season with injuries which have greatly restricted the number of games she has started.  She has been a wonderful stalwart for the club down the years but has become less influential as her injuries have caught up with her.  Sad to say but probably time to say goodbye

14+15 3 P
10 Mid Kim Little

Our Club captain, Kim can dribble her way out of a crowded phone box, a fabulous player and so far is showing no signs of her football powers waning at club level.  She retired from Internationals to prolong her club career and has put in eye-catching performances all season.  Another candidate for player of the season

38+3 12 K
12 Mid Frida Maanum

Signed before Jonas Eidevall took over as head coach but when asked about players he would like to bring to the club was one of his first picks (without knowing we had signed her).  Has grown into the team as the season has progressed

24+17 4 K
13 Mid Lia Walti

Swiss player who has played both as a conventional defensive midfielder and as a more advanced centre midfielder.  She is truly two-footed and a starter when fit

28+6 K
23 Mid Mana Iwabuchi

Started the season in impressive style but then became less influential as the season progressed.  Maybe a little lightweight physically but with excellent close control has the ability to unlock crowded defences

9+14 5 K
9 Forward Beth Mead

An outstanding season, at times almost unplayable.  Assist maker supreme and scorer of some wonderful goals.  Contender for player of the season

35+6 14 K
11 Forward/ Mid Vivianne Miedema

Simply one of the best players in the World.  Started the season playing in the Centre Forward role but ended up as more of a No10.  Got goals and assists from both positions.  She has been far more active in games this season with the freedom to drop into midfield, (I have been critical of her seeming laziness in previous seasons but not this year).  Has just signed a new contract, seemingly for one year with a further year option.  We will need to win trophies this year for her to stay though.  Contender for player of the season

34+5 23 K
14 Forward Nikita Parris

Hasn’t made the impact she would have liked since her arrival from France in the summer.  Hasn’t been a regular starter with Beth Mead in such terrific form.  I wouldn’t be altogether surprised if she moves on this summer.

17+21 6 P
15 Forward/ LB Katie McCabe

Another versatile player either on the Left Wing or at Left Back, Katie is one of the live wires in the squad.  Rather spiky on the pitch she gathers yellow cards in the same way as Granit Xhaka and was the only player with a red card in the season.  On the plus side she scored some fabulous goals that have featured in Goal of the month selections on  I like her as a player but wish she wouldn’t get so wound up at times.

35+5 6 K
19 Forward Caitlin Foord

Has been terrific since coming back from the Asian Cup, was less impressive in early season.  Out of contract this summer and seemingly coveted by Joe Montemurro at Juventus.  I would like to see her stay but wouldn’t be entirely surprised if she were to leave

17+14 10 K
25 Forward Stina Blackstenius

Joined in January and has settled in well.  Offers a different option upfront to our other strikers, probably less suited for packed defences but her pace and mobility give something where there is a bit of space.

11+5 7 K
77 Forward Tobin Heath

Signed in late summer on a one year deal, this was a signing that didn’t really work out for us.  A string of injuries meant that she never completed a full 90 minutes and clearly her prowess was on the wane.  Following a final injury, her contract was terminated by mutual agreement two months ears and she has returned to the USA

7+11 3 P
RB Anna Patten

On loan at Aston Villa, may well return if a squad place is available next season, or further loan if contract position allows

5+8 1 K
Def Teyah Goldie

On loan at Watford, possible return or further loan to get playing minutes

0+3 K
Mid Halle Houssein

Halle is captain of the England U18s, Has been on loan at West Ham but has only made occasional appearances from the bench.  One for the future but probably needs a couple of years to progress to the level needed to be an Arsenal first-team player.  Will probably be loaned out again next season possibly to a Championship club

0+1 K
Forward Alex Hennessy

Junior player hopefully will sign contract at age 18  One for the future

0+1 K
Forward/mid Lisa Evans

Lisa has been on loan with West Ham all season.  Her contract expires this summer and I can’t see her being awarded a new one.

Def/mid Viktoria Schnaderbeck

Viktoria has been on loan at Spurs this season due to a lack of playing time at Arsenal.  I believe her contract expires this summer, she is most unlikely to be retained


One Reply to “Arsenal Women 2021/2 Review, Part 3 – 21 Players to keep; 9 players to let go”

  1. i agreed with your assessment about Katie McCabe. she’s a terrific player that can take and change the game by the scruff and score some beauties, but she need to tone down her temperament a bit as her dismissal and fouls committed can be costly at time for the team

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